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Interest Groups - Chapter 6 Interest Groups Interest Group – an organized group of individuals sharing common objectives who actively attempt to influence policy makers in all three branches of the government and at all levels Federalist #10 and factions Pluralist democracy (pluralist theory) – a system in which the people rule and have their interests protected through the interaction of many different social, political and economic groups, and in which the principal task of government is to manage group conflict and cooperation (see insert on pluralism and elitism) Interest Groups in America Have been around as long as we have been a country 30% of all Americans actively engage in interest group activity 1/3 all Americans indirectly participate in interest groups Free rider problem Linkage Problem – interest groups claiming to represent our political views may not be doing that – we may affiliate with a group for reasons other than political reasons
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