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Chapter 7 notes political science

Chapter 7 notes political science - :A movement that...

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Chapter 7 notes: Interest groups! Interest group: An organized group of individuals sharing common objectives who actively attempt to influence policy makers. Interest groups hire lobbyists to try to influence members of the House or Representatives, the senate, and president. Interest groups interest groups range elementary school parent-teacher associations and local t state wide associations of insurance agencies. National groups: Boy Scouts, American Civil Liberties Union, The National Education Association, and the American League of Lobbyists. Hyperpluaralism, the ablitiy of interest groups to mandate policy or to defeat policies needed by the nation may work against the public good. Social Movements
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Unformatted text preview: :A movement that represents the demands of a large segment of the public for political, economic, or social change. First expression of latent discontent, example: civil right movement (generates civil disobedience) Why so many? One reason for the multitude of interest groups is that the right to join a group is protected by the First Amendment In addition, out federal system of government provides thousands of “pressure points” for interest group activity. Why do they join? Latent Interests: Public Policy interests that are not recognized or addressed by a group at a particular time. Theorist Mancur Olson: “the collective good” concept refers to any public benefit that...
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