POLS Chapter 11 - Ch 11 Interest Groups Politics in Action...

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Ch. 11: Interest Groups - Politics in Action o Because the American political system is so openly democratic, an incredible array of interests can make their voices hear loud and clear in Washington. o Those who are concerned that the system is too democratic often argue that the result is the frustration of any proposals for changing the existing scope of government. o The sphere of influence must be extended in order to prevent any one group from having too much power. - The Role of Interest Groups o The right to organize groups is protected by the Constitution, which guarantees people the right “peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.” o Interest group: an organization of people with similar policy goals who enter the political process to try to achieve those aims. o Interest groups may support candidates for office, but they do not run their won slate of candidates. o Interest groups are often policy specialists, whereas parties are policy generalists. Most interest groups have a handful of key policies to push. - Theories of Interest Group Politics o Pluralist theory: argues that interest group activity brings representation to all. Groups compete and counterbalance one another in the political marketplace.
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This note was uploaded on 10/04/2010 for the course POLS POLS 206-1 taught by Professor Fulton during the Fall '09 term at Texas A&M.

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POLS Chapter 11 - Ch 11 Interest Groups Politics in Action...

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