Poli Sci Mar 25 - Lecture 3/25 Assumptions in both strong...

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Lecture 3/25 Assumptions in both strong and soft Groups are equally likely to form. All interests are equally likely and able to form groups. Each group has useful political resources. This can be money, size, information (expertise) Expect a highly “fluid,” responsive system. No single group can gain too much power. No single group can consistently win. The internal critique Pluralists did not look carefully enough at how interest groups are run internally. -Often, leaders of groups have little accountability for the group's members. -Power within these groups is concentrated. Many members have no input. The external critique Some groups are not, in fact, equally likely or able to form. -Groups that are large will tend to have more trouble organizing than small groups will. The free rider problem gets worse when a group gets bigger. People individually feel less responsible. A larger group makes people feel that someone else will do the work. -Diffuse interests: each member has little at stake.
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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 University of Wisconsin Colleges Online.

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