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15 -class notes - TODAY class 15 Social Interest groups...

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10/13/2009 1 TODAY – class 15 • Social Interest groups Questions before the exam today’s • Questions before the exam – today s lecture is NOT on the exam. • Committee voting – power of agenda setter if have time Remaining Office hours before Comm. 394- Barbara Spencer exam Today Oct 14: 2.30 – 4:30pm •Thurs (Oct 15):10.00 am – 11:30 noon After the Thursday mid-term • NO CLASS: Fri Oct 16 and Mon Oct 19 NEXT REGULAR CLASS: Wed Oct 21 – Positive theory continued – Brander (5: pp 92-99); Comm. 394 – Barbara Spencer
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10/13/2009 2 Social Interest Groups • Primarily concerned with promoting particular moral or social values – Examples? • Often only a minority of people support the position of the group – would lose in a direct vote or referendum on the issue – Can have a much greater influence over policy than their numbers suggest – Examples? Comm. 394 – Barbara Spencer Examples? • Why successful? – Costs to politicians of confrontation – demonstrations. – Single issue voters Single Issue Voters Vote only for candidates that support their one issue issue. Other voters are concerned about a wide variety of issues. Works due to representative democracy More candidates for office will support the position of single issue voters than would be warranted by the Comm. 394 – Barbara Spencer overall preference of voters.
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10/13/2009 3 Good or bad? • The power of social interest groups suggests that an organized minority can be very effective that an organized minority can be very effective in "exploiting" or at least controlling a disorganized majority.
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15 -class notes - TODAY class 15 Social Interest groups...

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