PSC 100 Chapter 10 Outline

PSC 100 Chapter 10 Outline - Chapter Ten: Interest Groups...

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Chapter Ten: Interest Groups Interest Groups in America An interest group is “an organized body of individuals who share some political goals and try to influence public policy.” Do interest groups contribute to the proper functioning of democracy, or are they a threat to it? Interest Groups on Gun Issues Group against Gun Laws Group for Gun Laws Interest Groups in America (Cont’d) Interest groups play many roles in the American political system: Representation Participation Education Agenda building Program monitoring Interest Group Roles Explained 1 Representation: speaking to politicians on behalf of the interests of the group Participation: organizing members to take part in political activities, protests, letter-writing campaigns, etc. Agenda Building: seeing that topics of interest to the group are proposed as policies or laws Interest Groups Roles Explained 2 Program Monitoring: following up to make sure that policies and laws the group favors are actually carried out or enforced; compiling data to show the (good) effects of policies the group favors, or bad effects of policies it opposes. Figure 10.2: Group Stimulation (chart) How Interest Groups Form Pluralists such as David Truman see interest groups naturally forming when people are adversely affected by a disturbance (disturbance theory). Political scientist Robert Salisbury argues that the quality of leadership is a key determinant of
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PSC 100 Chapter 10 Outline - Chapter Ten: Interest Groups...

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