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American Gov’t 29 March 2010_Mon. Interest Groups and American Politics: -interest groups  are organizations founded by collections of individuals who seek to influence  public policy -Interest groups might be formed in 3 ways:     1. through the action and sponsorship of a single individual (policy entrepreneur) or small  collection of people  (strongest of the 3)     2.  Through an association formed for other purposes, and then politicized  (N.R.A.)     3. Through the mobilization of the “grassroots (people forming together, for common  interest.”) ( The T.E.A. Party ) Least common  Collective Action Problem -Exists w/ public goods -Goods that exhibit, “ jointness of supply ” and “ non-excludability               -One person’s use doesn’t reduce the amount available for others               -People can’t be kept from using the good -Interest groups suffer from a “free rider” problem, b/c of this.
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