Powerbase documents the communication, PR, spin and propaganda activities of public relations firms and the public relations industry. It includes profiles on think tanks, front groups funded by industry and industry-friendly experts that can influence public opinion and public policy on behalf of transnational corporations or other special interests.
We focus on transparency issues by profiling and cataloguing the activities of lobbyists, lobbying firms and other corporate lobby groups. The relationship between special interests and elected representatives is catalogued in our MEPedia database and we also examine the 'revolving door' between politics and special interests.
Another focus is on communication, spin and propaganda in party politics and in war and peace. We also cover public interest reporting on many issues of public controversy including work on the nuclear debate, climate change, water, alcohol, food, genetically modified food and crops, and the pharmaceutical industry. The database is a public interest resource that monitors and catalogues both positive and negative activities in relation to spin. We include pages on whistleblowers, on critics and victims of spin, on those whose work is spun by others, and on those who are associated with public relations – as well as on those who practice and promote spin. See our definition of 'spin'.
Powerbase is overseen by an editor, managing editor and several associate portal editors. It has a policy of strict referencing and on dealing with corrections.
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