Undergraduate Module Descriptor

POL3274: Money, Lobbying, and Policymaking

This module descriptor refers to the 2021/2 academic year.


NQF Level 6
Credits 15 ECTS Value 7.5
Term(s) and duration

This module ran during term 1 (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, this module 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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