Notes guide 2.0 - 1 Analyze James Madisons view of factions...

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1) Analyze James Madison’s view of factions and what kind of government could control them. a) James Madison thought they were inevitable, but dangerous. " Factions " were a big reason for the " checks and balances " written into the Constitution 2) Define interest groups from political parties. a) Define interest group; what are goals. i) A group of persons working on behalf of or strongly supporting a particular cause, such as an item of legislation, an industry, or a special segment of society. They work towards getting who they want into office or what they want passed. b) List two characteristics that distinguish interest groups from parties. i) Interest groups do not run for office. ii) Interest groups pay money to help get their person voted. c) Which is the bigger problem: controlling dishonest lobbying or legal lobbying? i) Political scientist see controlling lobbyist more important because it is hard to keep up with all the lies. 3) Refer to notes graphs. 4) What is the difference between a potential group and an actual group? a) Difference b/t potential and actual: i) Potential groups support parties that aren’t as strong in power, while actual groups support a major political party through financial contributions and other gifts.
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b) What is the free rider problem? i) “The pluralist interest group system in America is flourishing, yet we dwell insistently upon the seriousness of the free rider problem with these groups. Interest groups are nearly all voluntary associations out to achieve political goals. Like all groups seeking public or collective outcomes, they encounter the free riding problem. How do they get volunteers to join their ranks? Russell Hardin outlines the core problem as an n-person prisoner's dilemma where it's better for the whole group if everyone contributes to a common cause, but each group member has
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This note was uploaded on 02/21/2011 for the course GOVERNEMEN 101 taught by Professor Khalil during the Spring '11 term at University of Houston-Victoria.

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Notes guide 2.0 - 1 Analyze James Madisons view of factions...

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