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Title: Interest Groups in America


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Interest Groups in America
  • Wilson, Ch 9

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What is an Interest Group?
  • A mediating institution that monitors politics,
    raises questions for the political agenda,
    outlines acceptable alternatives on behalf of
    their members and fights for their preferred
    proposals.

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How does an Interest Group differ from a
Political Party?
  • An interest group usually focuses on a narrower
    range of interests than a political party.
  • Political parties focus on electing people to
    office, while interest groups focus on
    influencing policy.

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The Growth of Interest Groups
  • While interest groups have always existed in
    American politics, the 1960s saw the greatest
    increase in special interest groups.
  • Approximately 70 of the interest groups with an
    office in Washington, DC opened that office
    during the 1960s

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Role of citizens, lobbyists andother interest
groups
  • Pyramid
  • Citizen and Lobbyist input provides legislators
    with information
  • Political process please the voters

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  • Lobbyists are the people you hire to protect you
    from the people you elect
  • No mans life liberty or property is safe while
    the legislature is in session Talleyrand
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