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The Revolving Door is the term used to describe where politicians or civil servants take up jobs as lobbyists or consultants in the area of their former public service. It is also a two-way system which also allows former private sector employees to accept positions in the government where they have the power to regulate the sector they once worked in.
 
  
A job in the industry could be a reward for services provided to the industry, for sharing information or exercising influence on the process of preparing regulation or making decisions.
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The Revolving Door is the term used to describe where politicians or civil servants take up jobs as lobbyists or consultants in the area of their former public service. It is also a two-way system where former private sector employees could accept positions in the government where they have the power to regulate the sector they once worked in.
Also head-hunting a civil servant who has worked at a position well-situated for lobbying can be of interest for the industry, for someone like that brings a network that he can continue to use.
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Transparency International,a global organization focused on preventing corruption and promoting transparency in institutions, policies and legislations, has published a number of reports on cases of revolving doors in different parts of the world. It says: <blockquote>“the revolving door can undermine trust in government, because of the potential for real or perceived conflicts of interests.(…) Without strong rules in place there is the risk that public office holders allow the agenda of their previous employer to influence their government work. Alternatively, the prospect of a future career in the private sector might motivate an individual to behave differently while in public office” <ref> Transparency International, [https://web.archive.org/web/20190614110721/http://transparency.eu/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/Access-all-areas.pdf ACCESS ALL AREAS When EU politicians become lobbyists], 2014, accessed June 2019</ref></blockquote>
  
== Kenneth Clarke: High Posts at BAT and in the UK Government at the Same Time ==
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Revolving doors could also involve a job in the industry as a reward for services provided to the industry, for sharing information or exercising influence on the process of preparing regulation or making decisions. Moreover, recruiting a civil servant who has worked at a position well situated for lobbying can be of interest for the industry, for someone like that brings a network that he or she can continue to use.
  
An example of someone with a career combining jobs within the industry and the government, is [[Kenneth Clarke]]. From 1998 until 2007 he was a non-executive Deputy Chair of British American Tobacco and had to deal with allegations of the company's involvement in smuggling. In the same period he had several posts in the UK government, such as Secretary of State for Justice and Shadow Business Secretary, and Chancellor of the Exchequer as well as Health Secretary before that. The page on [[Kenneth Clarke| Clarke]] has examples of mixed interests.
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Several countries have included legal restrictions and bans to avoid revolving door situations from happening. Such is the case of the United States, France, Japan, Indonesia, among others.  
  
== Martin Liptrot: Alternating Politics, Tobacco, PR & Public Affairs ==
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===Tobacco Tactics Resources on Revolving Doors===
Martin Liptrot’s career is another typical example of [[Revolving Doors]], spanning politics, the tobacco industry and public relations.  
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Tobacco Tactics has been monitoring examples at a global level for many years. Find out more by clicking on this list of profiles:
  
Starting as a campaign and press officer for the Labour Party in the North West of the UK, he was headhunted by [[Philip Morris]] in 1997, four months after Tony Blair’s New Labour Government swept to power. When Blair’s government was elected, many companies were keen to employ people with connections to New Labour. Liptrot, a non-smoker, joined Philip Morris in London. Subsequently based in Switzerland, he helped re-work the tobacco company’s public relations away from one of pure litigation against it critics, as he focused on “CSR Policy and Stakeholder Outreach.”<ref> Ian Hall, [http://www.prweek.com/article/536252/profile-martin-liptrot-emea-ogilvy-pr-worldwide Profile: Martin Liptrot, EMEA, Ogilvy PR Worldwide], PR week, 19 January 2006, accessed May 2014</ref> After six years at different positions in PR and Public Affairs with the tobacco manufacturer and its parent company [[Altria]], Liptrot moved to Fedex in 2003 where he campaigned for fewer restrictions on global trade.
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*[[Herman Cheung]]
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*[[Kenneth Clarke]]
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*[[Johan Gabrielsson]]
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*[[Jon Huenemann]]
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*[[Kate Marley]]
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*[[Anne Katrine Mevlig]]
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*[[Almos Molnar]]
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*[[Michel Petite]]
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*[[Karin Riis-Jørgensen]]
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*[[Hubert van Breemen]]
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*[[Andreas Vecchiet]]
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*[[Yoji Wakui]]
  
In 2006, he was appointed senior executive at [[Ogilvy Group| Ogilvy Public Relations Worldwide]], where he stayed two years, before moving on to become head of communications at GE Energy Services in 2008. From 2012 to 2013, Liptrot was re-employed by [[Philip Morris International]], this time as Director of Corporate Communications in Lausanne. Currently he is based in Florida as the president of his own PR company.<ref>This profile is based on [http://www.linkedin.com/pub/martin-liptrot/10/781/37b Martin Liptrot's LinkedIn profile], accessed May 2014, and the above mentioned PRweek profile</ref>
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To see more about organizations involved in revolving doors cases, go to [https://www.tobaccotactics.org/index.php?title=Category:Revolving_Door| Revolving Door Category]
 
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* A list of pages in the category [http://www.tobaccotactics.org/index.php?title=Category:Revolving_Door Revolving Door]
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Latest revision as of 16:09, 14 June 2019

The Revolving Door is the term used to describe where politicians or civil servants take up jobs as lobbyists or consultants in the area of their former public service. It is also a two-way system where former private sector employees could accept positions in the government where they have the power to regulate the sector they once worked in.

Transparency International,a global organization focused on preventing corruption and promoting transparency in institutions, policies and legislations, has published a number of reports on cases of revolving doors in different parts of the world. It says:
“the revolving door can undermine trust in government, because of the potential for real or perceived conflicts of interests.(…) Without strong rules in place there is the risk that public office holders allow the agenda of their previous employer to influence their government work. Alternatively, the prospect of a future career in the private sector might motivate an individual to behave differently while in public office” [1]

Revolving doors could also involve a job in the industry as a reward for services provided to the industry, for sharing information or exercising influence on the process of preparing regulation or making decisions. Moreover, recruiting a civil servant who has worked at a position well situated for lobbying can be of interest for the industry, for someone like that brings a network that he or she can continue to use.

Several countries have included legal restrictions and bans to avoid revolving door situations from happening. Such is the case of the United States, France, Japan, Indonesia, among others.

Tobacco Tactics Resources on Revolving Doors

Tobacco Tactics has been monitoring examples at a global level for many years. Find out more by clicking on this list of profiles:

To see more about organizations involved in revolving doors cases, go to Revolving Door Category

Notes

  1. Transparency International, ACCESS ALL AREAS When EU politicians become lobbyists, 2014, accessed June 2019