PS 104- Oct 29 - Political Science 104 October 29, 2007...

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October 29, 2007 Implication Some groups are more likely to form than others Some interests are more likely to be represented than others -defense contractors more likely to be organize than day care workers or welfare recipients Cast doubt on the “pluralist” model, since the playing field isn’t level Madison, Federalist 10 Framers were very suspicious of “factions,” or any group organized around a particularized interest (even political parties)—government could be too responsive to political minority Saw factions (political/interest groups) as a threat to stability, undercutting consideration of “national good” and causing “instability, injustice, and confusion”—because the idea of allowing a small group of individuals to promote a certain idea. What to do about them? Solution: allowing them to proliferate. If you allow all factions, then those groups itself will create a balanced power process, creating competition within itself. Way to protect against the violence of factions, the only way is to allowing them to proliferate. Rethinking Federalist 10 - are there too many interest groups? Latham (writing in 1960s) -Madison emphatically correct -Political voice achieved through groups -Organization begets counterorganization—if one group begins to organize, then other groups tend to organize, checking out the other groups and creating competition. Multiple and overlapping interest group memberships
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This note was uploaded on 03/30/2008 for the course POLI SCI 104 taught by Professor Professor during the Spring '05 term at Wisconsin.

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PS 104- Oct 29 - Political Science 104 October 29, 2007...

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