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Steve Goodrich

Steve is Transparency International UK’s Senior Researcher Officer .

Last week saw the opening of a new and novel feature in our democracy – the UK’s first recall petition. Whilst widespread in the US – 19 states have this process for their elected officials – recall is a new thing over here, so I thought I’d break down what it is, why it’s happening

Thursday, 23 February 2017 01:11

Whatever happened to the Great British gold rush?

Once a booming market, the trade in UK ‘Golden Visas’ seems to be on the wane. Despite recent claims that it received a post-Brexit boost, latest stats from the Home Office confirm this was merely a minor blip in a seemingly longer, downward trend.

Steve Goodrich examines why the number of UK Tier 1 (Investor) visas granted decreased from 1,172 in 2014 to merely 192 in 2015. The findings make for worrying reading.

This is a big week for transparency campaigners in the UK. After three years of waiting, the Scottish Parliament is finally going to debate whether lobbying in Edinburgh should be open to greater scrutiny. However, the big risk now is that MSPs fail to realise the opportunity that lies in front of them.

Steve Goodrich outlines the background and findings of the effectiveness of the new register of lobbyists that followed the 2014 Lobbying Act, and offers suggestions about what can be done if the UK Government is committed to increasing transparency and combating corrupt lobbying practices.

Tuesday, 13 October 2015 12:00

For Lobbying in the UK, It’s Time for a Change

Looking back at the recent report Accountable Influence, TI-UK’s Steve Goodrich looks at the shortcomings of UK lobbying standards, and the steps the UK is taking to bring its standards up to date.

Monday, 21 September 2015 11:00

Time to Make Lobbying Influence Accountable

Following the launch of TI-UK’s new report Accountable Influence: Bringing Lobbying Out of the Shadowswe ask: Why all the secrecy?

Friday, 21 August 2015 11:00

Can you Buy a Lordship?

No I’m not talking about buying a faux peerage, I mean purchasing a place in the House of Lords.

Thursday, 23 July 2015 11:00

Can Scotland lead on lobbying?

Open Governance Researcher Steve Goodrich looks at proposals for the Scottish Government’s impending statutory register of lobbyists, noting that the Government’s proposals go further than the UK in some areas but fall short in others.

Wednesday, 01 July 2015 11:00

Who knew contracts could be so interesting?

Steve Goodrich takes a comparative look at Slovakian open governance and open governance here in the UK, finding that the UK still has some work to do in order to come good on its 2013 OGP commitments to open contracting.

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