Interest Groups - Interest Groups National Right To Life...

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Interest Groups National Right To Life Committee Overview • What are interest groups? • Different types of interest groups • Tactics used by interest groups • Effectiveness of interest groups What are Interest Groups? • Definition “An organized group of people who make claims on the government on the basis of one or more shared attitudes.” • Provide functional representation • Provide government with vital information
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Types of Interest Groups Most have economic basis – corporations -- 600 have full-time lobbyists – trade and professional associations • Chamber of Commerce • American Tobacco Institute • American Petroleum Institute • 23,000 different groups – unions • AFL-CIO COPE (Committee on Public Education) Types of Interest Groups (cont.) • Public interest or issue-based groups – consumer - Ralph Nader – abortion • NARAL - National Abortion Rights Action League • National Right to Life Committee – NRA - National Rifle Association – environment Table 6.2 in Sidlow & Henschen
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Types of Interest Groups (cont.) • Identity Groups – age - AARP – race - NAACP • Other U.S. governments – states, cities, counties – public universities Tactics of Interest Groups • Lobbying • Campaign Activities • Grassroots lobbying • Mass propaganda
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This note was uploaded on 01/17/2010 for the course POL 201 taught by Professor Norrander during the Spring '07 term at University of Arizona- Tucson.

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