Gaining Access Congress and the Farm Lobby, 1919-1981

ISBN-10: 0226315568
ISBN-13: 9780226315560
Edition: N/A
Authors: John Mark Hansen
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Description: Through a comprehensive analysis of American agricultural politics in the past half-century, Gaining Access shows when, how, and why interest groups gain and lose influence in the policy deliberations of the United States Congress. By consulting  More...

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Book details

List price: $32.00
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 11/1/1991
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 280
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.836
Language: English

Through a comprehensive analysis of American agricultural politics in the past half-century, Gaining Access shows when, how, and why interest groups gain and lose influence in the policy deliberations of the United States Congress. By consulting with policy advocates, John Mark Hansen argues, lawmakers offset their uncertainty about the policy stands that will bolster or impede their prospects for reelection. The advocates provide legislators with electoral intelligence in Washington and supportive propaganda at home, earning serious consideration of their policy views in return. From among a multitude of such informants, representatives must choose those they will most closely consult. With evidence from congressional hearings, personal interviews, oral histories, farm and trade journals, and newspapers, Hansen traces the evolution of farm lobby access in Congress. He chronicles the rise and fall of the American Farm Bureau, the surge and decline of party politics, the incoporation of the commodity lobbies, the exclusion of the consumer lobbies, and the accommodation of urban interests in food stamps. Brilliantly combining insights from rational choice theory with historical data, Gaining Access is an essential guide for anyone interested in the dynamics of interest group influence.

List of Tables List of Abbreviations
Acknowledgments
Introduction
The Origins of Interest Group Access
A Theory of Access
The Origins of Access in Agriculture, 1919-1932
The Maintenance of Access in Agriculture, 1933-1948
The Evolution of Interest Group Access
A Theory of Access: Amplifications and Extensions
The Erosion of Access in Agriculture, 1948-1981
Constraints, Alternatives and Access in Agriculture, 1949-1981 Commentary and Conclusions
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Index

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