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Part I: Overview of Interest Groups in the United States C. Interest Group Formation and Maintenance 1. Introduction 2. Theories of Interest Group Formation a. Disturbance Theory (David Truman, 1951) (1) How do groups get organized? (a) By growing complexity in society and by “disturbances” in politics and economics (b) “Latent” groups (c) “Waves” of interest group creation (2) Why do people join? (3) What percentage of people who share a belief join a group? If they don’t join, why not? (4) Do group leaders mirror the policy views of members? (5) Does the theory still work today? b. By-product Theory (Mancur Olson, Jr., 1965) (1) How do groups get organized? (a) Large vs. Small Groups (b) Collective “Public” Goods (c) “Free Rider” Problem identified (2) Why do people join? (a) Because of Selective Benefits offered by interest groups (b) Types of Selective Benefits (i) Material benefits (ii) Solidary Benefits (iii) Purposive benefits
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This note was uploaded on 02/08/2011 for the course POLS 3388 taught by Professor Davidr.shock during the Fall '10 term at Kennesaw.

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