'Water dripping on stone'? industry lobbying and UK alcohol policy

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Despite a growing literature on corporations as political actors, relatively little is known about how alcohol industry actors attempt to influence public policy. In the context of contemporary debates about the minimum pricing of alcoholic beverages, and drawing on semi-structured interviews with a range of key informants, this article investigates the means by which alcohol industry actors gain access to policy makers and the strategies used to influence policy. It finds that the
strategies of alcohol industry actors are focused on long-term relationship building with policy makers, involving the provision and interpretation of information and the promotion of various forms of self-regulation.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)55-70
Number of pages16
JournalPolicy and Politics
Issue number1
Early online date21 Dec 2012
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2014


  • Alcohol policy
  • Corporate actors
  • corporate power
  • industry lobbying

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