The Birth of Modern Lobbying: The Anglo-American experience, from the late 1600s to 1800

Professor Burdett A. Loomis, Fulbright Flinders University Distinguished Chair in American Political Science

A Fulbright 2013 Public Lecture presented in association with the Australian–American Fulbright Commission

29 April

When the framers crafted the US Constitution in 1787, and subsequently drew up the first ten amendments in the ratification process, they created a political system that included many venues for influencing policies and also produced first amendment guarantees (speech, petition, association) that strongly protected lobbying. This lecture emphasises how the framers created a state that embraced the politics of interests and largely gave them free rein, within a system that often worked to their benefit.

Professor Burdett Loomis

Professor Burdett A. Loomis is with the Department of Political Science at the University of Kansas. He has been awarded one of two prestigious Fulbright Distinguished Chairs in American Political Science for 2012 sponsored by Flinders University. He will undertake a Fulbright Lecture Series at universities around Australia speaking about his research on the scope and nature of the Australian lobbying industry including the regulation of lobbying by national government and the individual states/territories, as well as the American political system.

Professor Loomis has been a Hall Center for the Humanities Fellow; a Fulbright Senior Specialist; and has won a Kemper Foundation Teaching Award and been an American Political Science Association Congressional Fellow. He has held many high-level administrative roles including being Director of Administrative Communication, Office of Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius; and he has also taught politics and published extensively, with more than 30 books in various editions. He is a founding co-editor of the new journal, Interest Groups & Advocacy. His interests include research on legislatures and interest group, and he teaches a course on politics and literature. In addition, Burdett Loomis has lectured widely for the U.S. State Department.

Supported by the The Australian–American Fulbright Commission and Flinders University

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