Interest Groups-Nov 11 - Chapter 12 Groups and Interests...

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Chapter 12 Groups and Interests
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Madison Interest groups represent what James Madison called the “evils of faction” because they represent their own interests as opposed to those of others and “the permanent and aggregate interests of the community.”
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Pluralism However, according to the theory of pluralism, competition among varied interests produces balance and compromise. The Pluralists argue: Interest groups represent many diverse interests in society Interest groups provide expert information and perspectives that improved policy-making
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How and Why Do Interests Groups Form? If pluralists are correct that there are many (and many different kinds of) interest groups But, the critics of pluralism are also correct that some interests, particularly wealthy interests, are better represented than others.
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Distinction between Interest groups and Institutional Interests Interest group -- individuals who join to influence public policy; Free rider problems. Institutional interests --organizations that can act in a unitary manner to achieve policy goals (churches, corporations, non-profits) no collective action problems.
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Problem While both enhancing democracy and representing the “evils” of factional politics, interest groups (however problematic) are a fixture of American politics. Therefore, how do we reconcile
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This note was uploaded on 10/07/2010 for the course GOVT 1301 taught by Professor Dianev during the Fall '08 term at University of Texas at Dallas, Richardson.

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