Lobbying for Change (Paperback)
Find Your Voice to Create a Better Society
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Many democratic societies are experiencing a crisis of faith. Citizens are making clear their frustration with their supposedly representative governments, which instead seem driven by the interests of big business, powerful individuals and wealthy lobby groups.
But what can we do about it? How do we fix democracy and get our voices heard?
The answer, argues Alberto Alemanno, is to become change-makers – citizen lobbyists. By using our skills and talents and mobilizing others, we can bring about social and political change. Whoever you are, you’ve got power, and this book will show you how to unleash it.
If you’re looking to improve – or to join – your community, if you’re searching for a sense of purpose or a way to take control of what’s going on around you, switching off is no longer an option. It’s time to make your voice count.
Alberto Alemanno is an academic, public interest lawyer and civic advocate. A Professor of European Union Law at the HEC Paris and Global Professor of Law at the New York University School of Law, he is also a Co-Founder and Director of The Good Lobby, which forges partnerships to lobby for the public interest.
‘In these troubling times, we need effective citizen-lobbyists – not just likers, followers or even marchers – more than ever. No one has provided a more readable, persuasive and inspiring guide to how to be such a person than Alberto Alemanno. I have no hesitation in lobbying you to read this book.’
Bill Emmott, former editor in chief, Economist
‘A fresh and smart take on the challenges posed by the new forms of democratic engagement and participation’
Enrico Letta, former Italian Prime Minister and Dean of the Paris School of International Affairs at SciencesPo Paris
‘Lobbying for Change is the antidote to what ails us: moving would-be change makers beyond “clicktivism” and the occasional march through a step-by-step guide to get active in shaping the future you want to see.’
Gillian Caldwell, CEO, Global Witness
‘This book is an engaged pledge for a renovated, participatory democracy of the 21st century … the revival of the republican agora of the ancient writers.’
Ulrike Guerot, author of Why Europe Must Become a Republic: A Political Utopia
‘Reviving civil society is a crucial task for today and tomorrow, and the strength of citizen lobbying is a vital indicator of civil society’s health. Alberto Alemanno has given us just what we need to guide us in this task – an intelligent, accessible and comprehensive handbook.’
Michael Edwards, editor of OpenDemocracy’s ‘Transformation’
‘Democracy only works well when the citizenry is engaged. This book helps ordinary people get their message out in a world that – despite its hyper-connectivity and active social media – has led to political apathy in large parts of the population, particularly the young. Lobbying for Change shows there is no excuse. Citizen engagement can and should make a difference.’
Cobus de Swardt, Director, Transparency International
‘A guide for citizens to act as an equalising force in today’s polarised society. An inspiring, timely and positive narrative of today’s state of democracy and an antidote to the trap of populism.’
Pascal Lamy, former director of the World Trade Organisation and EU Commissioner for Trade