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Theater of StateParliament and Political Culture in Early Stuart England$
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Chris Kyle

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780804752886

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804752886.001.0001

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Open Doors: Pressure Groups and Lobbying

Open Doors: Pressure Groups and Lobbying

(p.119) Chapter Five Open Doors: Pressure Groups and Lobbying
Theater of State
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This chapter examines the lobbying of Parliament. In the 1620s, lobbying became more sophisticated as Parliament began dominating the political scene. The establishment of new procedural devices in the Lords and Commons, especially the permanent standing committees, also opened up new avenues through which petitioners could seek redress. Lobbying was a necessary managerial skill in order to get the attention of Parliament in a marketplace of competing pressure groups and the manifold legislative desires of private individuals. The chapter is based upon two premises: (1) that sophisticated lobbying tactics were a necessity in order for pressure groups to promote their legislation onto the parliamentary agenda; and (2) that any success at all needs to be construed over a long period of time. The effectiveness of lobbying and private interests cannot be measured by the success of legislation alone.

Keywords:   Parliament, lobbying, pressure groups, House of Lords, House of Common, permanent standing committees

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