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Interest Group Politics presents a broad spectrum of scholarship on interest groups past and present. In a time of partisan parity, when control of Congress is always within reach of the minority party at the next election, interest groups have every incentive to keep the pressure on. And they do. But the imbalance of influence that tilts toward moneyed interests is one of the cornerstones of the political system. What does this mean for equal representation? In nineteen chapters, noted political scientists explore the role of money, technology, grassroots lobbying, issue advocacy advertising, and much more in interest group influence. Students will learn how the National Rifle Association has become one of the most effective lobbying groups in America, what opportunities the openness of the American political process has offered ethnic groups both within and outside the United States, how the role of interest groups in elections has changed (including 527&BAD:rs"s), what effect religious organizations had in the 2004 elections, and how interest groups affect Supreme Court nominations.
Table of Contents
|Introduction: The Changing Nature of Interest Group Politics||p. 1|
|Targeting Success: The Enduring Power of the NRA||p. 37|
|Politics of Tribal Recognition: Casinos, Culture, and Controversy||p. 65|
|A More Level Playing Field or a New Mobilization of Bias? Interest Groups and Advocacy for the Disadvantaged||p. 86|
|Big-Money Donors to Environmental Groups: What They Give and What They Get||p. 108|
|Interest Organization Communities: Their Assembly and Consequences||p. 130|
|Groups in the Electoral Process|
|Getting the Spirit? Religious and Partisan Mobilization in the 2004 Elections||p. 157|
|Interest Group Money in Elections||p. 182|
|527s: The New Bad Guys of Campaign Finance||p. 212|
|Groups in the Policy Process|
|Nonprofit Organizations as Interest Groups: The Politics of Passivity||p. 235|
|Is Corporate Lobbying Rational or Just a Waste of Money?||p. 256|
|Identity Crisis: How Interest Groups Struggle to Define Themselves in Washington||p. 279|
|American Interests in the Balance? Do Ethnic Groups Dominate Foreign Policy Making?||p. 301|
|What Happened to the Japanese Lobby in Washington? The Decline of the Japan Lobby and the Rise of the New China Lobby||p. 322|
|Where Have All the Interest Groups Gone? An Analysis of Interest Group Participation in Presidential Nominations to the Supreme Court of the United States||p. 340|
|Emerging Issues, New Organizations: Interest Groups and the Making of Nanotechnology Policy||p. 366|
|The Well-informed Lobbyist: Information and Interest Group Lobbying||p. 389|
|Does K Street Run Through Capitol Hill? Lobbying Congress in the Republican Era||p. 412|
|Organized Interests, Political Parties, and Representation: James Madison, Tom DeLay, and the Soul of American Politics||p. 433|
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