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Origins of the term lobbying

Origins of the term lobbying

Lobbying as a concept dates back to 1553, when in the Oxford Dictionary the word lobbying was first included.  At that time it meant the connecting passageways, usually in monasteries.  They opened into doors leading to different rooms, galleries, quiet corners, which became the meeting place for the dwellers of the monastery with interested people of the “outside world.”  Monasteries at that time exerted quite a power beyond the walls of the religious edifice.

The first historically listed date of the a “politicization” of the  term – was 1640, at which time lobby became known as the place around the meeting rooms in the building of the House of Commons of the British Parliament.

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