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POLI 101 - oct 6 interest groups

POLI 101 - oct 6 interest groups - October 6 2010 Poli 100...

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October 6, 2010 Poli 100 Interest Groups What are interest groups and why do they arise? An interest group is an organized group which attempts to influence government policy decisions without officially entering election contests. They are resolving different interests without interest conflicts. Madison and the danger of faction “By a faction, I understand a number of citizens, whether amounting to a majority r minority of the whole, who are united and actuated by some common impulse of passion, or of interest, adverse to the rights of other citizens, or to the permanent and aggregate interests of the community…the latent causes of factions are… sown in the nature of man…so strong is this propensity of mankind, to fall into mutual animosities, that where no substantial occasion presents itself, the most frivolous and fanciful distinctions have been sufficient to kindle their unfriendly passions and excite their most violent conflicts. But the most common and
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