Interest group politics

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Interest group politics *Historical perspective -not talking about constitution anymore; interest groups are not specifically in Const. -however, the access to government they provide are included in the first amendment -interest groups are protected by freedom of speech, petition, assembly, etc *James Madison on “factions” -political parties are not included in Constitution -worried this would permanently divide country -they would work to argue a position that benefits them -someone has too much power, try to take over *“Middle class bias” of interest group politics -argument of pluralists vs. argument only few groups have impact -all groups are equal, but some are more equal than others *Evolution of group interests Political parties vs. interest groups -political parties cover a wide range of interests (Arlin Spector to Orrin Hatch) -interest groups cover those things that political parties can’t -social movement: not belonging to an organization, but calling for change -interest groups have small membership
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