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93952-0205648541_ch07 - The Struggle for Democracy Chapter...

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The Struggle for Democracy Chapter 7: Interest Groups and Business Corporations
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Interest Groups in a Democratic Society Definition: private organizations that try to shape public policy aka, pressure groups Lobbying : the physical act of contacting members of Congress Americans have historically been suspicious of groups banding together to promote their interests
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Interest groups are different from political parties How, you say? They do not engage in electioneering
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Interest Groups in a Democratic Society The Framers’ Views Worried about what Madison called “factions” Let’s take a look at Federalist No. 10 in the Appendix Madison gives us lots of reasons why factions form, but what is his main reason? Various and unequal distribution of property
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Interest Groups in a Democratic Society The pluralist argument: interest groups are OK because people are free to join or organize groups that reflect their own interests
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Interest Groups in a Democratic Society Why do interest groups form? Elections do not adequately communicate what we want Groups are easy to form Protected by the First Amendment Federalism and its dispersal of power American government is open to the influence of these groups
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