This fifth Burson-Marsteller lobbying survey is designed to increase knowledge about lobbying and improve both understanding of lobbying and greater transparency in its conduct. This edition covers an additional five countries compared with the previous survey, conducted in 2009.
Based on analysis by Penn Schoen Berland (PSB), and with the support of our network of offices and partners across Europe, decision- makers in nineteen countries were asked for their views on lobbying, as were decision-makers at EU level. The interviews involved a basic series of 22 questions to gather qualitative, ‘directional’ data about perceptions of lobbying and lobbyists. The interviews were conducted either online or by telephone.
Interviewees included politicians (both Members of national Parliaments (MPs) and Members of the European Parliament (MEPs)) and senior officials from national governments and the European institutions.
In total,nearly 600 interviews were conducted.