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The Interest Group Society analyzes the increasing importance of interest groups and the consequences of their growing numbers in American politics today. Within a framework of traditional democratic theory, the text examines the origins, maintenance, and marketing of interest groups, as well as their relationship to the party system. Comprehensive coverage includes not only the traditional farm, labor, and trade associations, but also citizen groups, public interest organizations, corporations, and public interest firms. Emphasis is placed on the lobbying of all three branches of government, as well as on grassroots support and the lobbying of public opinion.
Table of Contents
|Madison's Dilemma||p. 1|
|Curing the Mischiefs of Faction||p. 3|
|Interest Groups and Their Functions||p. 4|
|Interest Groups and Civil Society||p. 11|
|The Advocacy Explosion||p. 14|
|The Interest Group Spiral||p. 16|
|The Rise of Citizen Groups||p. 21|
|Business Fights Back||p. 27|
|A Labor-Liberal Alliance||p. 31|
|Mobilization and Organization||p. 33|
|Competing Theories||p. 34|
|Supply of Benefits||p. 38|
|Marketing Interest Groups: Direct Mail and Internet Fundraising||p. 44|
|Maintaining the Organization||p. 47|
|Who Governs?||p. 52|
|Making Decisions||p. 56|
|The Party Connection||p. 59|
|The Advantages of Interest Groups||p. 60|
|Working Together||p. 65|
|Keeping Parties Straight and True||p. 67|
|Financial Support||p. 70|
|Interest Groups in Campaigns||p. 74|
|Nonfinancial Support||p. 75|
|Interest Group Money in Campaigns||p. 76|
|A Day in the Life of a Lobbyist||p. 96|
|Effective Lobbying||p. 98|
|Lobbying as a Career||p. 102|
|Lobbyists for Hire||p. 106|
|Public Opinion and Grassroots Lobbying||p. 113|
|Direct Citizen Lobbying||p. 115|
|Lobbying the Public||p. 119|
|Demonstrations and Protests||p. 128|
|Washington Lobbying||p. 131|
|Executive branch||p. 135|
|The Courts||p. 140|
|Strategic Decision Making||p. 145|
|The Rise of Issue Networks and Coalitions||p. 149|
|Coalitions: Everyday Politics||p. 150|
|From Subgovernments to Issue Networks||p. 156|
|The Qualities of Issue Networks||p. 163|
|Continuity and Change in Issue Networks||p. 166|
|Bias and Representation||p. 170|
|Corporate Wealth and Political Advocacy||p. 171|
|A Special Relationship||p. 173|
|Beyond Business||p. 178|
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