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Welcome to Powerbase - your guide to networks of power, lobbying and deceptive PR

Powerbase is a guide to networks of power, lobbying, public relations and the communications activities of governments and other interests. It is a project of Public Interest Investigations and Spinwatch. Read more...

Powerbase portals

Alcohol | Climate | Counter-Terrorism | Counterjihad | Finance Lobbying | Foodspin | Fracking | GMWatch | Health | Israel Lobby | Lobbying | MEPedia | Mining and Metals | Neoconservatives | Northern Ireland | Nuclear Spin | Pharma | Propaganda | The Revolving Door | Schools | Scotland | Spooks | State Violence and Collusion Project | Terror Expertise | Think Tanks | Water | and hosting since 2015...the Undercover Research Group |

Powerbase is overseen by an editor, managing editor and several associate portal editors. We have a policy of strict referencing and on dealing with corrections.

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Powerbase documents the communication, PR, spin and propaganda activities of public relations firms. It includes profiles on think tanks, front groups funded by industry and industry-friendly experts who can influence public opinion and public policy on behalf of transnational corporations or other special interests.

Powerbase is run on a shoestring, and most contributors kindly give their time for free. If you find these resources useful, please think about donating to help us cover our modest overheads.

What we do

We focus on transparency issues by profiling and investigating the activities of lobbying firms, lobbyists and corporate lobby groups. We also examine the relationship between special interests and elected representatives, including the 'revolving door'.

Another focus is on communication, spin and propaganda in party politics and in war and peace. We also cover public interest reporting on many controversial issues such as 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 documents 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 those who are associated with PR – as well as on those who practice and promote spin. See our definition of 'spin'.

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Schools Portal

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Our Schools Portal examines the vast global education industry that has sprung up in recent years to profit from our schools.

It has been described as ‘the largest market opportunity’ since healthcare was privatised. 'Let's all go forth. Let's all make hay,' as one private equity investor at a 2015 UK conference succinctly put it.

We reveal the firms leading the reforms; the networks of lobbyists and think tanks working for them across continents; the politicians aiding them; the messages being used to sell these changes, and more...


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Our Nuclear Spin portal tracks the companies, people and organisations behind the campaign to build new nuclear power stations in the UK and worldwide.
It provides information on who is influencing the debate about nuclear energy, and the techniques and tactics they use to persuade the public that we need more nuclear power.

Propaganda, conflict and war

Propaganda | Terror Experts and institutions | Neoconservative networks | Counterinsurgency

Powerbase focuses on communication, spin and propaganda in party politics and in war and peace. The database contains collections of articles on British propaganda, the theory and practice of counterinsurgency, the neoconservatives, terror experts and the associated terrorism industry, which can influence public opinion and policy in the 'war on terror'. It also documents the disinformation and covert action activities of states, intelligence agencies, and their associated networks.

Regional conflicts

Israel Lobby | The Conflict in the North of Ireland | Iraq War 2003 | Targeting Iran

The alcohol industry and policy

Powerbase's alcohol portal examines governance processes on alcohol and public policy. It reveals the connections between the industry and public policymakers and their relationships with the media, scientists. We focus largely on the most important policy actor - the alcohol industry - and its personnel, and aim to expose its links with alcohol lobby groups and alcohol lobbyists and PR people.

We review current research and debates within the field. The role alcohol science and scientists play in the policy process is also examined.

We also cover the alcohol NGOs, which are often poorly funded and struggle to raise public health issues against the plethora of other alcohol policy groups and the often covertly industry-funded alcohol front groups.

Visit all pages on alcohol in the alcohol category.

Elite networks and corporate power

Industry sectors

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  • Send an email to melissa.jones AT saying who you are and your interests. If you are approved as a User you will be sent a User name and password to enable you to log in and edit or contribute material.

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Research and writing tips

How to research front groups | Resources for studying propaganda | Research using the web

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Powerbase history

Powerbase is a collaborative venture initiated by Spinwatch in collaboration with Lobbywatch, GM Watch Red Star Research and Corporate Watch, but put into effect by a wide variety of volunteers and independent researchers.

Contributors are now working on 18,362 articles.

Disclaimer: Powerbase is an encyclopedia of people, issues and groups shaping the public agenda. It is a project of the non-profit Public Interest Investigations—email melissa.jones AT

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