About Dr. Emiel and this TKS episode:
Dr. Emiel Awad is a London School of Economics Fellow in the Department of Government. In this episode of The Know Show Podcast, he discusses his interest in studying lobbyists, game theory and how this can be used to understand the strategies lobbyists use. He discusses the tactics used by lobbyists when providing information to legislators and politicians, drawing on tobacco lobbying. He also talks about the ways these processes are often portrayed in mainstream media and popular culture.
A brief synopsis:
Dr. Emiel starts by talking about his background, and how his work as a research assistant sparked his interest in lobbying. He tells us about a time when he was in High School, and a politician was shot. He describes the impact this had on him, and the way this experience that massively shaped his interest.
He continues by explaining game theory, and why people use game theory as a theoretical approach. He then explores the ways game theory is applied to understand how lobbying works. He then discusses three main strategies lobbyists use; one is to give money to a legislator which is used as bribery, another is to provide resources to legislators to help them achieve their own goals, and the third is the act of providing information.
Emiel continues to discuss the way lobbyists work through, and draws this out through talking about tobacco lobbying, and those involved in this process. He then talks about the TV show House of Cards which has shown both the clean and dirty elements to lobbying. He talks about corruption, and a particular tactic that lobbyists use when they can’t get what they want, which is to delay the policy being made. He then goes on to compare how lobbying works in different parts of the world, where he has noticed that the US focus more on money as opposed to the Europe.
He expands on this by explaining why he thinks the European commission values information more than money.
Dr Emiel then discusses lobbying in the European super league, talking about public sentiment and the awareness of the public within this process. He explains how the public are often obscured from this, and lobbyists can create their own narratives to sell to policy makers.
Emiel concludes by telling Hussain where he wants to take his research and what areas of research he wants to develop in the future.
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TKS take home points:
In this TKS episode, Dr. Emiel gives us an in depth explanation as to what lobbying is through examples of game theory. He explains the way information can be manipulated, and whether factual or not, influences legislators in deciding policy, noting how powerful this is. Dr. Emiel points to the ways that lobbying isn’t always corrupt, but there are aspects to it that can involve bribery or delaying policies if the outcome is not in their favour, and this is often portrayed in popular culture.