Undergraduate Module Descriptor

POL3226: Money, Lobbying, and Policymaking

This module descriptor refers to the 2019/0 academic year.


NQF Level 6
Credits 30 ECTS Value 15
Term(s) and duration

This module ran during term 1 (11 weeks) and term 2 (11 weeks)

Academic staff

Dr Amy McKay (Convenor)





Available via distance learning


Policymakers across legislatures are affected to a largely unknown extent by the money that lobbyists spend pressuring politicians and keeping them in office. We will examine who these lobbyists are, how and when they get what they want from government, how they use money to support their efforts, and most importantly, the effect of lobbying and money on public policy outcomes.  With particular focus on the US, but also investigating the role of outside interests in the UK, the EU, and European nations, in this module we will use play-acting simulations and data analysis techniques so that you can investigate for yourself the effects of money in policymaking.

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