Lecture 8 February 18 - ±heory two “±he ²aw in the...

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Lecture 8 February 18, 2014 Goals: Identify why interest groups form Consider what interest groups do Finish simulation Discuss the simulation Examples of interest groups from class: Greenpeace NRA Farmers – Farmers Union; Farm Bureau AARP – American Association of Retired People Emily’s List (for the freedoms of women [Abortion and such]) Banks – Wells Fargo/Industries Unions NAM Words you think of with interest groups: Lobbying Fundraising Activist Representation 1. Why they form a. Founding fathers called them factions and saw them as dangerous, to make people vote a certain way in the heat of the moment b. In the mid-1900’s, political scientists found interest groups to be good for democracy c. Theory one: pluralistic heaven (where there are many voices acting as one, you will be heard)
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Unformatted text preview: ±heory two: “±he ²aw in the pluralist heaven is that the heavenly chorus sings with a strong upper-class accent.” (Scha³schneider 1963) 2. Impact on public policy (what they do) a. Provide informaton b. OuTside Game (on issues) i. InTercommunicatng The groups do wiTh The public To inFuence Them To Talk To politcians c. LitgaTe i. Working wiTh The law (in lawsuiTs and such) d. Campaigns and Electons Do inTeresT groups have enough inFuence in currenT public policy debaTe? ±oo much? ±he righT amounT? Why do you Think ThaT? I think that interest groups have too much of an inFuence in current public policy debate. My reasoning for this is the fact that people in poliTcs are constantly having to worry about being “o±ensive.”...
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