Most recent work on the politics of interest representation assumes that lobbyistsrepresent their clients' interests with fidelity. We test the validity of this assumption.Relying on a principal-agent framework developed by Stephenson and Jackson, Kersh andLowery and Marchetti, we first discuss the nature of agency problems in lobbying and theutility of several potential solutions for those problems.We next develop and test two sets ofhypotheses on how agency problems might influence one form of lobbying behavior - theprices contract lobby firms charge their interest organization principals. The hypotheses aretested with a purposive sample of clients employing major contract lobby firms operating in Washington DC in 2012.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Sociology and Political Science