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Government and Politics Ch 10 11.17.06

Government and Politics Ch 10 11.17.06 - -purposive...

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Government and Politics Friday, November 17, 2006 Interest Groups – Chapter 10 Interest group : organized group of people who share some goals and try to influence public policy Not interested in winning office More narrowly focused Functions - represent people - promote political participation - educate their membership - monitor the activities of federal, state bureaucracy/ government - try to protect existing rules or laws or establish new ones that benefit their particular interest business / union / profession groups citizen groups Challenges: free riders , receive collective benefits from an interest group without joining the organization to combat, offer selected benefits - material incentives (magazines, discounts, etc.) - solidarity (gatherings for members, seminars, social events)
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Unformatted text preview: -purposive / expressive (advocacy of certain purposes, supporting a cause you believe in) Active in three arenas: 1. judicial arena 2. legislative area (lobby) a. lobbyists meet personally with candidates b. most important resource offered is reliable information c. must be truthful to maintain access to the policy makers 3. campaign area (provide lots of money to candidates) a. PAC (political action committees) 4. Mobilizing public opinion (influence policy makers with a show of numbers a. Demonstrate the effectiveness of the interest group EXAM REVIEW: 4-5 questions on current events (election, propositions, know the new position holders) Ch 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 Look on blackboard for public opinion post...
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