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Political consultants and lobbyists in political decision-making process. Political expert culture in comparative perspective | Conference

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European University Viadrina Frankfurt (Oder)


Political science


Comparative politics


On 1st June 2022 in Słubice (Poland) take place the international conference: „ Political consultants and lobbyists in political decision-making process. Political expert culture in comparative perspective”.

The conference will be organised by the Chair for Comparative Political Science of the European University Viadrina Frankfurt (Oder) (Germany) in cooperation with the Faculty of Political Science and Journalism of the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan (Poland). The conference closes a research project: “’Knowledge is Power’: Boundaries of Political Consulting and Lobbying in the Political Decision-Making Process”, which has been implemented under the direction of Dr Artur Kopka (EUV) and Prof. Dorota Piontek (AMU) and co-financed by the German-Polish Science Foundation (GPSF).

The research interests of the project are based on the question of the boundaries between political consultancy and lobbying and their practical role in the political decision-making process. In the first part of the project, a multifaceted analysis in a German-Polish comparative perspective was carried out on the structures of political consultancy and the way it functions perceived by politicians as recipients of various types of expertise. Particular attention was paid to the distinction between political consultancy, based on scientific knowledge and lobbying, based on interests, as well as to the criteria of legitimacy and legality of various consultancy processes in political decision-making. Following the first part of the project which has analysed the perception of Polish and German parliamentarians with the instruments and models developed for this purpose, in the next step the research interest will be extended to the perspective of experts, as the other side of the consultative interaction, in order to identify more precisely the similarities and differences in the perception of political consultancy processes in Poland and Germany.

This project is a pilot study. The aim is to analyse similarities and differences in both the structure and modus operandi of political consultancy and lobbying in Western and Central and Eastern European countries, taking into account their historical and cultural backgrounds. The purpose of this analysis is to identify the most relevant problems within policy advice and lobbying. Taking the example of Poland and Germany as a case study of the relationship between 'old' and 'new' EU member states will provide an excellent basis for more extensive comparative research aimed at filling the research gap identified in this field in light of the increasing importance of policy advice in both political practice and political science debate.

Participation in the conference is free of charge. The conference will be held in a hybrid format, i.e., in-person and online. The languages of the conference will be Polish, German and English. Presentations and discussions will be translated simultaneously.

Further Information on the conference can be found here:

The Conference is founded by the Small Project Fund of the Euroregion PRO EUROPA VIADRINA.

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