Shades of Intimacy: Exploring Lobby Regulation in Developing Countries

Public participation is a prerequisite for a prospering democracy. This is, at least, what the current crisis of representation around the western world indicates. It is essential for a large number of reasons; the most evident, making sure individuals’ grievances actually reach those in power. However, the shade of intimacy between private interests and public power varies, and how the representation of interests from both sides is done also differs in great length. The undeniable fact is that the private and the public need to communicate. Hence, lobby can be identified as an essential tool of democracy. The way is conducted, however, is what determines if it will be a tool for improving democracy or transforming it into a corruptocracy. This paper analysis to what extent lobby and its regulation can benefit young democracies. To do so we propose to compare two developing countries: Brazil and South Africa, the first which does not have lobby regulation and the second which does.