POLS 207 Chapter 7

POLS 207 Chapter 7 - Interest Groups Chapter 7 Groups What...

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    Interest Groups Chapter 7
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    Groups What groups are you in?
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    Why?
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    Interest Groups Interest groups: organizations that seek to  influence public policies and their  implementation. Often called special interests 
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    Four main types of benefits Purposive (policy) Solidary (social) Professional  Selective Why not join? Free ride
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    Creation Creating groups is even harder The logic of creation is the same Can always free ride Can not survive on purposive benefits Need someone to care a lot Entrepreneur So?  Skews competition Leads to competition and specialization Groups evolve
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    Basics of evolution Competition for resources Different environments create different advantages  and weaknesses to the same traits If states define the environment, then the differences  will create different needs for the population Groups will evolve differently in the different states.
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    Density and diversity Density is number of groups Diversity is the different types Both have been increasing More members More government activity Increased likelihood of policy change (more  entrepreneurs) States becoming more homogeneous Federalism and nationalization of concerns
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