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LEARNING TO LOBBY: PROGRAMS, PRACTICE, AND PERSONALITY Deadline: 1 March 2014 Guest Editor: Conor McGrath, Public Affairs Consultant & Independent Scholar, Dublin, Ireland Among the topics which articles might cover are: • Can effective lobbying skills be learned – are good lobbyists born or taught (Goldman, 2012)? • What subjects do / should be include in the curriculum of a public affairs and lobbying course? • How can real-world, experiential, learning be built into higher education lobbying programs, and how can academic theory be incorporated into industry-driven training courses? • Can or should lobbying education reach a point where possession of an academic qualification could serve as a requirement of entry to the profession? • What are the typical experiential profiles of lobbyists at different stages of their careers, in different countries? • Do professional associations have a role to play in providing or accrediting lobbying courses (Rawel, 2002)? • How can in-house lobbyists be trained to adjust to a new position in consultancy, and vice versa? • Should university courses on public affairs and lobbying be based in departments of political science, or business / management, or communication? • Are there distinctively US, European or Asian models of lobbying training and education? • Would it be useful to have an international association of academics who specialise in lobbying (perhaps similar to NASPAA in the field of public policy and administration, or to the Public Relations Division of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication), and if so, how can one be established? • What steps can be taken to encourage and promote greater dialogue between academics and lobbying practitioners? Contributions would be particularly welcomed from: academics who run university programmes aimed at lobbyists or aspiring lobbyists; organisations which provide in-career professional development training; associations which represent lobbyists; recruitment consultants with a detailed knowledge of the skills which lobbyists’ employers value; and lobbyists with considerable experience of hiring colleagues. If you are interested in submitting an article to this Special Issue, please contact: Conor McGrath, Public Affairs Consultant & Independent Scholar, Dublin, Ireland conor.p.mcgrath@gmail.com Articles may be of between 3,000 and 8,000 words, and must include an Executive Summary of 400-500 words written for a non-academic audience. Submissions must be original and unpublished works, and must not be submitted elsewhere while under consideration by Interest Groups & Advocacy. All submissions will be double-blind reviewed. Manuscripts should follow the style requirements of Interest Groups & Advocacy – available at http://www.palgrave-journals.com/iga/author_instructions.html. Please ensure that the first page of your submission has only the manuscript title, and the name, institutional affiliation and contact details of each author. Following pages should not contain any identifying references which would indicate to reviewers who the piece is authored by. Submissions due by: 1 March 2014 Peer Review Decisions will be made by: 1 July 2014 Final Submissions due by: 1 October 2014 Publication of Special Issue by: Spring 2015


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