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Telos' Blog

Dec, 2021

Theodoros Koutroubas and the power of powerful lobbies

In Italy, blaming all the country's troubles on powerful lobbies is the national sport. Does the same thing happen abroad?

Mariella Palazzolo and Marco Sonsini of Telos A&S will talk about it with Theodoros Koutroubas, Professor of Political Science at the Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium, and Director General and Senior Policy Advisor of the European Council of Liberal Professions-CEPLIS. The meeting is scheduled on Thursday 16 December 2021 at 6pm on the Telos A&S YouTube channel.

This is the last live streaming event for the series Shall We Call Power Odd and Scary Beast?, organised by Telos A&S to present the volume the collection TWO by PRIMOPIANOSCALAc. The conversation will be held in English.

Lobbies are the quintessential scapegoat. They often conceal an illness of politics called NIMTO, which stands for not in my term of office, i.e., the tendency of politicians to postpone unpopular decisions so that they are not attributed to their electoral mandate. Melius posticipare quam decidere, we might say in jibber-jabber Latin. And better still, if the powerful lobbies are to blame for the constant procrastination. With Koutroubas, we will discuss whether lobbies really have this power and whether particular interests are necessarily in conflict with the common good. By the way, is there such thing as a common good?

We will also ask Koutroubas whether registers of lobbyists are the only solution for regulating the sector or whether it would rather be better to pursue a goal of greater transparency in decision-making processes and drafting of laws and regulations.

Let’s meet on 16 December to understand together whether lobby olet or not. Always on Thursday and always at 6pm. We look forward to seeing you on Telos A&S YouTube channel.

Theodoros Koutroubas and the power of powerful lobbies