Lobbying - T he Logic of Lobbying Place in System: bridge...

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The Logic of Lobbying Place in System: bridge group between people and party Concerns: Outside of public interest Gridlock Madison’s Solution Institutional and Social Pluralism o National Diversity o Constitutional Designs Positive Pluralism Interest groups are valuable and essential parts of democratic politics o Group is essential bridge between individuals and government The American political system is particularly conducive to pluralist politics o Decentralized o Elected officials need to form broad-based coalitions Public policy is the result of an equilibrium achieved between competing interests Stipulations for Pluralism Freedom to organize and participate allows the political process to balance competing interests o No single interest is dominant Countervailing Centers of Power Corporations vs. Union Overlapping Group Membership
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The implicit threat of opposition organizing allows unorganized interests to constrain established groups
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This note was uploaded on 05/26/2011 for the course POLS 1101 taught by Professor Cann during the Spring '08 term at University of Georgia Athens.

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