PR, Lobbyism and Democracy: Mapping the revolving door in Denmark from 1981 to 2015

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The growth of PR in Scandinavia is linked both to the mediatization of politics and to the decline of corporatism. Studies in Sweden and Norway suggest that one consequence of these changes is the increasing number of politicians who find new careers as lobbyists in the private sector. In this study, we have constructed a data set of all members of the Danish Parliament who have left politics from 1981 to 2015 (n= 613) and identified the number and type of job positions they have taken up subsequently (n= 1094). We find that especially from the 1990s we can register revolving door activity. Still, 89 percent of all the registered job positions fall outside of lobbyism. 11 percent of the job positions fall within the wider field associated with the emerging field of policy professionals (including lobbyism), while lobbyism on its own accounts for 2 percent of the job positions.
Original languageEnglish
JournalN O R D I C O M Review
Issue number2
Number of pages23
Publication statusPublished - 2017

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