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Unformatted text preview: -opposing interests will eventually create guidelines-represent multiple views on well-known issues-example: pro-life vs. pro-choice Who?-affects everyone-Americans are the world’s biggest “joiners”-organized by common interest:-economic-equal rights (race, gender, etc.)-public interest Why?-role of interest groups could be done by parties, the media, individual citizens-logic of collective action:-common threats-advantages of pooling resources-effective leadership 4.4.11 Problems-benefits are rarely exclusive-free riding-irrational to contribute if benefits are free-must provide an exclusive benefit-material-fellowship-psychological-provide something that only you will benefit from How?-lobby (inside strategy)-target supporters or convert new ones-publicize (outside strategy)-indirect lobbying-educate-monitor-offer alternatives-members of Congress are busy, legislation written by interest groups...
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- Spring '07
- Public Good, American Automobile Association