Nudging for Advocacy and Advocacy of Nudging

2018-02-10T23:00:22+00:00 February 2nd, 2018|Opinion|

 Nudging for Advocacy and Advocacy of Nudging by Swati Thapar  * Oxford dictionary defines Nudge as to prod (someone) gently with one's elbow in order to attract attention. Nudging as a discipline of behavioural science is evidence-based development and implementation of nudges in creating behavior change[1]. Who all would like to influence behavior, and why? [...]

Lobbying in Europe. Studying influence to understand democracy

2018-01-18T15:37:39+00:00 January 18th, 2018|Opinion|

 Lobbying in Europe. Studying influence to understand democracy by Alberto Bitonti  * The European continent provides an incredibly rich picture of political cultures, of institutional frameworks, of governmental styles, of different social, economic and historical traditions. But is the game of political influence the same everywhere? How does lobbying work in such a diversified context? [...]

Our Basic Needs (Democratically)

2018-01-18T15:36:31+00:00 January 18th, 2018|Opinion|

Photo Credits: Aziz Acharki – Unsplash.  Our Basic Needs (Democratically) by Yaron Hubin * Complex solutions work only with stable cores. Modern democracy and its actors are no exceptions. Whether we allow ourselves to learn from history or not, there is no denying that there are patterns worth observing. Since our humble beginnings to our [...]

The Good Lobby – Newsletter January 2018

2018-02-09T19:46:45+00:00 January 1st, 2018|Newsletter|

Dear Friends, Let us first wish you a Happy 2018! We thank you for your dedication and commitment to the public interest. Quote of the month: “Times has come to turn Erasmus into a force of social mobility and social empowerment. By mixing Europeans, the Erasmus programme has the potential to build a new transnational [...]

(not so) Anonymous what if online anonymity becomes illegal?

2017-12-20T19:58:03+00:00 December 17th, 2017|Opinion|

(not so) Anonymous What if online anonymity becomes illegal? A dystopian exercise of modern Chinese Internet regulation by  Alessandro El Khoury * *Alessandro El Khoury is a lawyer expert in data protection, Fellow at The Good Lobby (Twitter @alelkhoury) New Chinese rules foresee the obligation to identify online accounts. Is this really a Chinese invention? What [...]

Do we need gamified politics?

2017-12-17T09:49:55+00:00 December 17th, 2017|Opinion|

Do we need gamified politics? by  Gianluca Sgueo * Gamification is being used increasingly in contemporary political communication. In the lead up to 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, Hillary Clinton’s campaign launched a new app designed to gamify the campaigning process. Clinton’s app was inspired by gamified political campaigns from Democrats and Republicans. The binomial [...]

#StopGlyphosate: is there Safety in Numbers?

2017-11-27T16:36:27+00:00 November 27th, 2017|Opinion|

#StopGlyphosate: is there Safety in Numbers? by  Adriano Cerquetti *   “When a man with 45 meets a man with a rifle, the man with a pistol is a dead man. Let's see if that is true”. This quotation from the Western-Masterpiece “A Fistful of Dollars” is quite appropriate for explaining the Monsanto vs. StopGlyphosate debate. But who’s the man with [...]

Secrecy surrounding selection of EU Judges challenged in complaint to European Ombudsman

2017-11-20T12:16:01+00:00 November 20th, 2017|Opinion|

Court of Justice of the European Union, Luxembourg  Secrecy surrounding selection of EU Judges challenged in complaint to European Ombudsman   Madrid/Brussels, 20 November 2017 – Access Info Europe, represented by the EU Public Interest Clinicand The Good Lobby, has submitted a new complaint to the European Ombudsman about the refusal of the [...]


2017-11-08T15:11:37+00:00 November 2nd, 2017|Opinion|

 IS PARTICIPATION A COMPLEMENT TO REPRESENTATION?  by Lourenço Jardim de Oliveira*   Participatory democracy is a popular idea. But the large diversity of public and private initiatives across democratic countries doesn’t mean we’re doing it the right way. In fact, participatory exercises are often categorized or used as communication strategies which somehow would complement the [...]


2017-10-31T15:59:39+00:00 October 31st, 2017|Opinion|

DEMOCRACY AND THE CATALAN CRISIS by Yaron Hubin* The Crisis in Catalonia represents not simply a crisis of political mismanagement but a realization that our systems are more fragile than they appear. Democracy is only as strong as our collective belief in it. Once that collective belief is lost, it’s hard to bring back. There is [...]