Book Review: Ashok Sharma, Indian Lobbying and Its Influence in US Decision Making

Published date01 April 2018
Date01 April 2018
DOI10.1177/0020881718792457
Subject MatterBook Reviews
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Feng Renjie
Doctoral Candidate
Centre for International Politics, Organization and Disarmament,
School of International Studies,
Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India
E-mail: fengrenjie0801@gmail.com
Ashok Sharma, Indian Lobbying and Its Influence in US Decision Making
(Delhi: SAGE, 2017), 332 pp. `895.
DOI: 10.1177/0020881718792457
Lobbying is an integral part of the American political process. It has become a
necessary evil as Madison famously called it. The First Amendment of the
American Constitution, which guarantees the right to freedom of assembly, pro-
vides a legal basis for the interest groups to lobby the legislators. Alexis de
Tocqueville, who visited America in 1831, recognized the value of interest groups

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