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Part I: Overview of Interest Groups in the United States A. Introduction to Interest Groups 1. Different names: -pressure groups (1950s) -interest groups (1960s-1980s) -organized interests (preferred term) (1990s-present) 2. Defining the Concept of “Interest” a. Rational (economic) interests b. Normative Interests 3. James Madison, The Federalist Papers , and “Factions” a. James Madison b. The Federalist Papers (1) Federalist 10 and “factions” (2) Federalist 51 4. What is an Interest Group? -“an organized body of individuals who share some political goals and who try to influence the course of public policy in government.” 5. Dominant Interest Group Theories (a very brief overview) a. Pluralism (1) Def.: “the American political system is composed of many different competing interest groups, some of which possess more political and economic power than others, with no single group possessing total power.”
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(2) Basic Assumptions of Pluralist Theory: (a) Widespread organization of groups – everyone is
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