Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs
Wednesday, April 29, 2015

May 5 seminar to look at foreign lobbying, human rights ratings

Foreign lobbying and human rights ratings will be discussed by University of Wisconsin-Madison political scientist Jon Pevehouse at the La Follette School's last seminar for the semester at noon on Tuesday, May 5, in the conference room.

Pevehouse will discuss a study that compares annual U.S. State Department reports to Amnesty International reports from 1976-2006 and shows that more lobbying leads to more favorable U.S. reporting on human rights. Pevehouse and his co-author show that the bias in human rights reporting that many have claimed exists is indeed present and malleable by foreign lobbyists.

They argue that foreign countries do all that they can to paint themselves in a positive light, including hiring U.S. lobbyists to provide information to the legislative and executive branch to influence U.S. State Department Country Reports on Human Rights.