Ch 11 - Ch. 11- Interest Groups Interest group- individuals...

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Ch. 11- Interest Groups Interest group - individuals who organize to influence the government’s programs and policies (also called lobbyist) “Special” interest groups- special takes on a negative connotation; they want special rights Lobby/lobbyist Single issue v. multi-issue: - Single: much easier to mobilize people over a single issue - Multi: a lot of issues; a lot harder to get members to agree on the issues; shared multiple issues are hard to identify; - COOPERATION VARIES Ease of organization/mobilization - Threats: by the time groups need to mobilize after a threat, it’s too late - Charismatic leaders: - Issue salience: Pluralism: tons of interest groups are free to compete for participation in the government What INTEREST GROUPS provide to politicians - Money - Advice/ information - Voters What they provide members - Policy changes - Discounts/ material benefits - Informational benefits - Solidary benefits What they get - Favored legislation - Relevance/ power Grassroots mobilization
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Ch 11 - Ch. 11- Interest Groups Interest group- individuals...

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