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Unformatted text preview: Lecture 6: Players in the Process: Interest Groups and The Public 15:21 Article: Is health care reform unconstitutional • Both sides have valid constitutional arguments • “one Bedrock constitutional principle or another must give way” • Opponents of act argue that forcing individuals to purchase insurance can lead to them “doing anything.” Could be dangerous expansion of congressional power. Understand gender setting An important player in the process: • Interest groups/advocates o Definitions: Interest groups: an organized group of individuals sharing objectives who attempt to influence policy makers at all levels Lobbying: An attempt by organizations or individuals to influence the passage, defeat or contents of legislation or administrative decisions of government. o In sum: influencing/impacting legislation or regulation Origins of Advocacy • Not directly mentioned in the constitution • Bill of Rights guarantees the “right to assemble” and to “petition the government for grievances” through the First Amendment • Madison in the Federalist papers discussed the role of “factors” • Didn’t finish this – check slides Social Movements • Represented the demands of a large segments of the public for political economic or social change •- didn’t finish check slides Interest groups •...
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- Spring '08
- health care reform, Political action committee, groups Professionrelated groups