Drutman is a senior fellow in the Political Reform program at New America, the author of The Business of America is Lobbying, and winner of the 2016 American Political Science Association's Robert A. Dahl Award. He also teaches in the Center for Advanced Governmental Studies at the Johns Hopkins University. Drutman's research interests include lobbying, influence, money in politics, electoral systems, and polarization.
Argues that it is not easy to define lobbying. Focuses on demystifying the theories and application of lobbying.
Presents new methods and data that enable us to consider the internal processes of corporate political attention.
Discusses the Honest Leadership and Open Government Act (HLGOA) which attempted to slow the revolving door between Congress and the Washington lobbying industry with one year bans on contacts between ex-staffers and their former colleagues in Congress. Explains the effects of HLGOA on various offices in the House and Senate.
Provides a fascinating and detailed picture of what corporations do in Washington, why they do it, and why it matters. Argues that proactive and aggressive engagement could help companies' bottom lines. Discusses reforms in lobbying.