Notes on specific public interests - Represent specific public interests Lobbying interest group activities aimed at persuading policymakers to support

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Represent specific public interests Lobbying : interest group activities aimed at persuading policymakers to support the group’s positions Various types of lobbying: direct and indirect Participation Education Agenda building Provision of program alternatives Program monitoring Free rider problem A recruiting difficulty that groups face because potential members can gain the benefits of the group’s actions whether or not they join Collective good : a good or service that, by its very nature, cannot be denied to anyone who wants to consume it E.g., public safety, clean air, national defense Overcoming the free rider problem
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Unformatted text preview: • Selective incentives : benefits available only to group members as inducements to get them to join – Material benefit : selective incentive in the form of a tangible reward – Solidarity benefit : selective incentive related to the interaction and bonding among group members • Overcoming the free rider problem, cont’d. • Selective incentives, cont’d. – Expressive benefit : selective incentive that derives from the opportunity to express values and beliefs and to be committed to a greater cause – Interest groups use a mix of incentives to encourage group membership • Types of interest groups...
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