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Unformatted text preview: make you Allows you to get intimately involved in process 1 st amendment enables participation Ability to address grievances to government Argue that you should not censor groups because if one group is too extreme, another group will form that will counter them IV. Why Do Groups Organize Economic self-interest: you benefit materially (Madison) Theory of Collective Action: Put forth by Manford Olson What turns a potential group into an actual group? 1. Selective benefits: some groups will strive for benefits you can only receive if you are a member of the group Ex: farm subsidies 2. Collective goods: everyone receives regardless of group membership Ex: clean air, clean water, health labels on food Selective incentive: something a group will give you for joining (may have nothing to do with goal of group) Ex: coffee mug Smaller groups dont need selective incentives because they have selective benefits Christian Coalition...
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