What is the lobby?
The word "lobby" came in Russian from English (lobby), where it denotes a "corridor". In turn, in English it came from the medieval Latin lobium, which means "gallery".
Let's see what the lobby is in the modernlanguage and whether its use today is related to its original meaning. Note that today this word has several meanings, we will consider each of them.
A lobby is a group of people who are in favor of certaininterests or defending a certain opinion. For example, the gas lobby in the parliament. Hence another term - Lobbyism. Lobbyism is the political pressure on the parliament of a group of individuals through petitions, letters, publications and even blackmail in order to accept or reject a bill.
To date, the discipline of "lobbying"is listed in the curricula and programs of various Russian universities. The training of specialists in the field of interaction with the authorities is carried out within the framework of the political and social sciences faculty "Political Science". According to Forbes, the lobbyist's profession will soon be among the top ten most popular professions in 2011-2020.
Also this word has a different meaning: The lobby is a foyer, a place for waiting and negotiating in a public or state institution, for example, at a university, hotel or library. The lobby is the entrance floor. In Russian, this word is used rather actively. You can still find such a phrase as a lobby bar - this is a typical bar in the foyer of many hotels. Here guests and guests can have a cup of coffee or skip a glass of whiskey, and watch TV or relax, enjoying the pleasant music.
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