This report exposes how “policy capture”, where public decisions over policies are
consistently or repeatedly directed away from the public interest towards a specific
interest, can exacerbate inequalities and undermine democratic values, economic growth
and trust in government. It maps out the different mechanisms and risks of policy
capture, and provides guidance for policy makers on how to mitigate these risks through
four complementary strategies: engaging stakeholders with diverging interests; ensuring
transparency and access to information; promoting accountability; and identifying
and mitigating the risk of capture through organisational integrity policies.