PoliSci - Interest Groups

PoliSci Interest - • Large public groups participate in activity unavailable to small interest groups • Dirty dozen – most unfavorable

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Interest Groups March 2, 2007 Free riders and multiple interests Large membership due to failure yet they thrive…why? Olson’s problems with his theories…that collective goods are collective goods… However, they are not all divisible/dis-aggregable Not all side payments are economic (calendars, cards, etc) More about large groups… A select group has altruistic goals, but largely interest groups are very driven by self-interests Large groups can put on a demonstration (as opposed to small groups)
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Unformatted text preview: • Large public groups participate in activity unavailable to small interest groups • Dirty dozen – most unfavorable companies that environmentalists present to congress (sent to all environmental group members) • Individual class action suits helps protect these companies, provides immunities against being sued, etc Money and political groups and the influence of interest groups • Money: o Political contributions effectively buy/rent support of office holders Continued in notebook…...
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This note was uploaded on 04/07/2008 for the course PSCI 100 taught by Professor Oppenheimer during the Spring '08 term at Vanderbilt.

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