Interest Group Society

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  • Edition: 5th
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2008-06-27
  • Publisher: Routledge

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Considered the gold standard on interest group politics,The Interest Group Society, 5/e analyzes interest groups within the intuitive framework of democratic theory, enabling students to understand the workings of interest groups within the larger context of our political 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.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. xi
Madison's Dilemmap. 1
Curing the Mischiefs of Factionp. 3
Interest Groups and Their Functionsp. 4
Pluralismp. 9
Interest Groups and Civil Societyp. 12
Conclusionp. 14
The Advocacy Explosionp. 15
The Interest Group Spiralp. 17
The Rise of Citizen Groupsp. 22
Business Fights Backp. 28
A Labor-Liberal Alliancep. 32
Conclusionp. 33
Mobilization and Organizationp. 34
Competing Theoriesp. 35
Supply of Benefitsp. 40
Marketing Interest Groups: Direct Mail and Internet Fundraisingp. 46
Maintaining the Organizationp. 49
Who Governs?p. 54
Making Decisionsp. 58
Conclusionp. 60
The Party Connectionp. 62
The Advantages of Interest Groupsp. 63
Working Togetherp. 68
Keeping Parties Straight and Truep. 71
Financial Supportp. 74
Conclusionp. 76
Interest Groups in Campaignsp. 78
Nonfinancial Supportp. 79
Interest Group Money in Campaignsp. 81
Conclusionp. 98
Lobbyistsp. 100
A Day in the Life of a Lobbyistp. 101
Effective Lobbyingp. 103
Lobbying as a Careerp. 107
Lobbyists for Hirep. 112
Conclusionp. 117
Public Opinion and Grassroots Lobbyingp. 118
Direct Citizen Lobbyingp. 120
Lobbying the Publicp. 124
Demonstrations and Protestsp. 134
Conclusionp. 135
Washington Lobbyingp. 137
Congressp. 138
Executive Branchp. 141
The Courtsp. 146
Strategic Decision Makingp. 152
Conclusionp. 154
The Rise of Issue Networks and Coalitionsp. 155
Coalitions: Everyday Politicsp. 156
From Subgovernments to Issue Networksp. 163
The Qualities of Issue Networksp. 171
Continuity and Change in Issue Networksp. 173
Conclusionp. 175
Bias and Representationp. 177
Corporate Wealth and Political Advocacyp. 178
A Special Relationshipp. 180
Beyond Businessp. 186
Reformp. 187
Bibliographyp. 191
Indexp. 213
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