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POLS 206-508 R 10/25 Interest Groups II I. Pluralism II. Populist Critique III. Neoliberal Critique Interest Groups II I. Pluralism: an enthusiastic endorsement of interest groups Alexis de Tocqueville: calls interest groups voluntary associations; argues that they are a crucial part of a democracy because they ensure you will not end up with a tyrannical government (check on political process) II. Populist Critique Makes a distinction between high-profile lobbyists and ordinary citizens William Greider: claimed interest groups tend to have upper-middle class involved and represent the will of the American people; his solution is to subsidize interest groups for poor and working class (iron triangle…very
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Unformatted text preview: common) III. Neoliberal Critique: argues narrow interests take precedent Critiques share some of the same concerns about the power of interest groups Instead of focusing on the problems, politicians tend to work on repairing narrow interests and losing the bigger picture about the entire budget Politicians don’t want to put their necks on the line Jonathan Rauch: interest groups have increased in such an extent that we now have hyperpluralism—no matter the interest, there is a group for you; says we stream-line government Madisonianism gone crazy...
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