6. Interest groups are often referred to as the fourth branch of the government because of how much influence and popularity they hold in the American public. I personally feel as though interest groups are good for American politics as they help further democracy. An interest group is essentially a group of people with a similar interest who want to push a single-issue; often referred to as “single-issue voters.” These groups really help represent the American public, because they show what issues at hand need to be addressed. As discussed in class, pluralism is the idea that interest groups all conflict with each other so that compromise is reached. I think that this is really important because there are so many interest groups that the
Marium Mehdi GOV 103-A02/Travis 06/19/13 majority cannot take over the minority and no one group can dominate the political process. Many people would argue against this and say that powerful interest groups end up lobbying and using funds to get what they want from political officials- while this is true in some cases, the democracy in our system allows any interest group to become that influential. Through the first amendment, we are all allowed to petition, lobby or assemble an interest group to reflect our beliefs. Historically civil rights activists and fundamental rights for women were two huge interest groups and we can definitely see their influence in our politics today. This just goes to
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