Notes 10-12 - 10-12-11 Interest Groups A. Role in Am...

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10-12-11 Interest Groups A. Role in Am Politics B. Activities C. Lobbying D. Campaign Finance A. Role in Am Politics 1. Grounds for organization 1.i. Constitutional rights: assemble and petition 1.ii. I G = group of citizens making policy related appeal to G 1.iii. Convey info and demands from society 2. Different from parties 2.i. More narrow set of issues 2.ii. Can be private (parties are quasi-public) 2.iii. Usually don’t run candidates 3. Representative of society? 3.i. Pluralism = balanced, healthy competition - Overlapping memberships - Countervailing power 3.ii. Olsonian perspective - Groups face free rider problems - More difficult to overcome if larger, public interest groups B. Activities 1. Maintenance: keep and attract members 1.i. Provide benefits (get national park magazines!) 1.ii. Build financial and organizational resources 1.iii. Attain results (at least perceived) 2. Insider strategies (work inside system) 2.i. Work through the courts (eg. NAACP, NOW) 2.ii. Lobbying 2.iii.
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This note was uploaded on 12/05/2011 for the course ENGINEERIN 131 taught by Professor Cytron during the Spring '11 term at Washington University in St. Louis.

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Notes 10-12 - 10-12-11 Interest Groups A. Role in Am...

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