Types of Interest Groups

Types of Interest Groups - influence-peddling There are so...

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Types of Interest Groups Few would argue that one person could not make a difference in American politics. But  there is power in numbers, and political institutions are more likely to respond to a  collective rather than to an individual voice. An  interest group  is an organization whose  members share common concerns and try to influence government policies affecting  those concerns. Interest groups are also known as  lobbies;  lobbying is one of the ways  in which interest groups shape legislation and bring the views of their constituents to the  attention of decision-makers.  Elected officials as well as the public are often critical of the roles of "special interests"  in the political process. The activities of lobbyists can smack of vote-buying and 
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Unformatted text preview: influence-peddling. There are so many organized lobbies today, representing numerous segments of society and addressing such a wide range of issues, that the distinction between "special interests" and those of the American people may no longer be valid. In a sense, interest groups are the American people. There are 23,000 entries in the Encyclopedia of Associations, and a high percentage of them qualify as interest groups. Many have their national headquarters in Washington, D.C., for ready access to legislators and policymakers. Interest groups can be grouped into several broad categories....
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