The Interest Group Society

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  • Edition: 4th
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  • Copyright: 2007-01-01
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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

Prefacep. ix
Madison's Dilemmap. 1
Curing the Mischiefs of Factionp. 3
Interest Groups and Their Functionsp. 4
Pluralismp. 9
Interest Groups and Civil Societyp. 11
Conclusionp. 13
The Advocacy Explosionp. 14
The Interest Group Spiralp. 16
The Rise of Citizen Groupsp. 21
Business Fights Backp. 27
A Labor-Liberal Alliancep. 31
Conclusionp. 32
Mobilization and Organizationp. 33
Competing Theoriesp. 34
Supply of Benefitsp. 38
Marketing Interest Groups: Direct Mail and Internet Fundraisingp. 44
Maintaining the Organizationp. 47
Who Governs?p. 52
Making Decisionsp. 56
Conclusionp. 58
The Party Connectionp. 59
The Advantages of Interest Groupsp. 60
Working Togetherp. 65
Keeping Parties Straight and Truep. 67
Financial Supportp. 70
Conclusionp. 72
Interest Groups in Campaignsp. 74
Nonfinancial Supportp. 75
Interest Group Money in Campaignsp. 76
Conclusionp. 93
Lobbyistsp. 95
A Day in the Life of a Lobbyistp. 96
Effective Lobbyingp. 98
Lobbying as a Careerp. 102
Lobbyists for Hirep. 106
Conclusionp. 109
Public Opinion and Grassroots Lobbyingp. 113
Direct Citizen Lobbyingp. 115
Lobbying the Publicp. 119
Demonstrations and Protestsp. 128
Conclusionp. 129
Washington Lobbyingp. 131
Congressp. 132
Executive branchp. 135
The Courtsp. 140
Strategic Decision Makingp. 145
Conclusionp. 147
The Rise of Issue Networks and Coalitionsp. 149
Coalitions: Everyday Politicsp. 150
From Subgovernments to Issue Networksp. 156
The Qualities of Issue Networksp. 163
Continuity and Change in Issue Networksp. 166
Conclusionp. 168
Bias and Representationp. 170
Corporate Wealth and Political Advocacyp. 171
A Special Relationshipp. 173
Beyond Businessp. 178
Reformp. 180
Bibliographyp. 185
Indexp. 205
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