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1010lecture5 Fall09 - Interest Groups Adms 1010 Midterm Due...

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Interest Groups Adms 1010 Midterm Due at the beginning of Class Next Week October 24, 2009 Late Submissions accepted beginning of class October 31, 2009 with a 5% penalty lauragainer@sympatico.ca
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Agenda Lobbyists in Canada Influencing regulatory and distributive policies Types of Interest groups and their characteristics & organizational attributes Lobbying in the Canadian law making process and decision making process The case Between Public & Private: Cultivating Cash pp. 397 - 428.
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Course Administration Midterm questions Remember that the course website discussion board is for questions about the midterm. I am not going to answer questions addressed to my personal email address Information/Assistance for your assignment is available at: http://www.yorku.ca/laps/writ/
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What the heck is going on Laura?
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Lecture 5 - Interest Groups Definition Interest groups are  organizations  whose members act together to  influence public policy in order to  promote their common interest.
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Lobbyist Any person who seeks to influence public policy May be paid professional representing a firm or other interest group, or they may be “amateurs” representing only themselves or volunteer group
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What do lobbyist do? Focus on Public Servants See the process as an exchange Lobbying is often a negotiating process A rivalrous Process Coalitions are often necessry for lobbyists to succeed in their work
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Interest groups operate in the political arena Seek to influence public policy May obtain financial assistance Seek to influence public behaviour Give expression to the voice of the minority
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Characteristics/Functions of Interest Groups they possess a formal organizational  framework; they have the ability to articulate and  aggregate common interests; and the desire to act in the political  system through exerting influence  rather than exercising the  responsibilities of government.
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Other Groups: The Mob Transitory, a product of chance. May win immediate goals. The Mob cannot provide for the future because it cannot provide for its own existence. Lacks organization capacity and direction.
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Other Groups: Movements Exist over time Represent generalized progressions of public opinion. Consist of too many elements to be described as a distinct unit. A nationalist movement is not an interest group for example.
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Functions Act as a signaling mechanism Aggregating Interests Providing Information: contributing to Policy Development Providing Resources Acting as Agents of Government
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Services They include the benefits won 
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