McGrath, Conor Books

Conor McGrath is Deputy Editor of the Journal of Public Affairs. He was Lecturer in Political Lobbying and Public Affairs at the University of Ulster in Northern Ireland from 1999 to 2006, and earned his Ph.D. from the same academic institution. He has worked for a Conservative Member of Parliament and a Republican Congressman, as Public Affairs Director at a public relations company, and as a self-employed lobbyist. He served as president of the Political Studies Association of Ireland from 2005 to 2007.

Interest Groups and Lobbying in Europe: Essays on Trade, Environment, Legislation, and Economic Development
2009 0-7734-4693-1
This collection of original research on interest groups and lobbying around the world offers the most wide-ranging set of scholarly analyses of organized interest behavior available to date. While there is an enormous amount of research already available on groups in the American political process, and a smaller though still sizeable body dealing with interest representation in the other Western democracies, this collection provides scholars with perspectives on an unprecedented range of nations.

Interest Groups and Lobbying in Latin America, Africa, the Middle East, and Asia: Essays on Drug Trafficking, Chemical Manufacture, Exchange Rates, and Women’s Interests
2009 0-7734-4694-X
This collection of original research on interest groups and lobbying around the world offers the most wide-ranging set of scholarly analyses of organized interest behavior available to date. While there is an enormous amount of research already available on groups in the American political process, and a smaller though still sizeable body dealing with interest representation in the other Western democracies, this collection provides scholars with perspectives on an unprecedented range of nations.

Interest Groups and Lobbying in United States and Comparative Perspectives: Essays in Ethics, Institutional Pluralism, Regulation, and Management
2009 0-7734-4692-3
This collection of original research on interest groups and lobbying around the world offers the most wide-ranging set of scholarly analyses of organized interest behavior available to date. While there is an enormous amount of research already available on groups in the American political process, and a smaller though still sizeable body dealing with interest representation in the other Western democracies, this collection provides scholars with perspectives on an unprecedented range of nations.

Lobbying in Washington, London and Brussels: The Persuasive Communication of Political Issues
2005 0-7734-6096-9
This book examines the activities of lobbyists in the three largest global lobbying markets – Washington, London and Brussels – and places those activities in the context of the political, cultural and institutional environments within which lobbying is undertaken in those locations. Its fundamental premise is that institutions and political frameworks make a great deal of difference to which effective lobbyists will approach their work. Based on interviews with 60 lobbyists in those cities, the book seeks to describe the range of activities which they undertake – from monitoring to research, grass roots efforts to coalition building, atmosphere setting to direct advocacy. In the first section of this book, these activities are analysed and the lobbyists’ views explained, in the light of current academic and popular literature. The second section contains detailed transcripts of interviews with 16 of the lobbyists, in which they speak at length and in in their own words. One of the aims of this work is to put lobbyists firmly at the heart of research into lobbying – too often, academic works on lobbyists treat lobbyists’ experiences and expertise as peripheral to the mathematical modeling of their activities. Designed with academic researchers in mind, the book also contains a wealth of insights from lobbyists from which other practitioners in the three locations can draw upon.