Interest Groups & Advocacy

, Volume 6, Issue 3, pp 215–230 | Cite as

Lobbying regulation in the states revisited: What are we trying to measure, and how do we measure it?

Original Article


The states regulate lobbying based on how they define lobbyists and interest groups, by requiring reporting and disclosure of certain activities, and by prohibiting a number of activities between lobbyists and government officials. These laws are designed to provide accountability and to alter certain political behaviors. For decades, scholars have studied these laws, while a number of good government groups have created their own measures assessing lobby regulations. The result is a multitude of measures that often assess very different constructs. This article creates an updated measure of lobbying regulation and compares this measure to previous and current, alternative measures.


Lobbyists Lobbying regulation in the US states Interest groups 



I would like to thank my former graduate assistant, Sarah Smithers, for her assistance with data collection and coding. I would also like to thank Tim LaPira, Thomas Holyoke, Beth Leech, the anonymous reviewers, and editorial staff of Interest Groups & Advocacy for their comments on this manuscript.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Appalachian State UniversityBooneUSA

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