STUDY INDV - Pluralism Represent citizens' interests before...

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Pluralism Represent citizens’ interests before government decision makers Lobbying media campaigns providing information protests filing lawsuits and briefs Support and protect liberty – lots of groups, lots of choices for citizens, lots of competition, no single interest dominates on issues >> Pluralists assume that groups adequately represent the interests of their members. The critique of this assumption: Non-political groups do not adequately represent the political interests of their members Therefore, many people, particularly those who do not belong to political groups, do not have their interests adequately represented Besides, many membership and public interest groups draw members from elites and represent elite interests Many interests do not have representation Prisoners Poor people Pluralist response: very few interests are excluded altogether economic interests do not speak with a single voice Role of State •Locke and Founding Fathers envisioned limited role -- gov’t should protect property and
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