Lobbying - Special Interest Groups and Lobbyists BC's 2007...

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Special Interest Groups and Lobbyists BC’s 2007 Budget: Interpreted differently by different interest groups (eg – Sierra Club VS Taxpayers Federation) Critics call these groups “special interest groups” or “lobbyists” and argue that they serve themselves, not society Lobbyists would claim that they do a public service in areas that are too specialized for society at large to understand For good or for bad, lobbyists do have political power 1. What are interest groups? a. Definitions i. Rand Dyck 1. “Any goup that seeks to influence public policy without contesting elections (i.e. as candidates or parties) ii. Paul Pross 1. “Organizations whose members act together to influence public policy in order to promote their common interest” b. Two Types Interest Groups i. Pressure / Lobby Groups 1. Eg- Teachers Union 2. Specific Focus and goal ii. Social Movements 1. Eg – Women’s movement ; Gay / Lesbian Movement 2. More dynamic and ambitious aims: wants to change societal structure as a whole c. Distinguished by: i. What they do 1. Their Goals (see above) ii. How they are organized 1. Lobby Groups a. Hierarchy and organized structure 2. Social Movements a. Not necessarily organized or defined roles b. Pro: more natural, universal structure c. Con: less organizational ability
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This note was uploaded on 08/19/2008 for the course POLI 100 taught by Professor Pilon during the Spring '08 term at University of Victoria.

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