Interest Groups and Congress Lobbying, Contributions and Influence

ISBN-10: 0321121872

ISBN-13: 9780321121875

Edition: 2003

Authors: John R. Wright

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Book details

List price: $97.60
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: Longman Publishing Group
Publication date: 7/19/2002
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 240
Size: 5.50" wide x 7.90" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.484

Marco Conti (Ph.D., University of Leeds) is professor of medieval and humanistic Latin literature at the Ateneo Salesiano and lecturer in classical mythology and religions of the Roman Empire at the Richmond University in Rome.J. Robert Wright (D. Phil., Oxford University) is St. Mark's Professor of Ecclesiastical History at General Theological Seminary in New York, New York. A life fellow of the Royal Historical Society (London), he serves as the historiographer of the Episcopal Church. He has written or edited several books focused on history and spirituality that seek to recover the ancient heritage that all Christians have in common, including Readings for the Daily Office from the Early Church as well as Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Song of Solomon (ACCS). His articles have been published widely in journals such as Studies in Church History, The Lamp, Anglican Theological Review, The Messenger, Conversations, Journal of Ecumenical Studies, The Living Church, The Anglican and Ecumenical Trends. Frequently Wright is featured and quoted in the New York Times and elsewhere as an authority on Anglican/Episcopal history and doctrines as well as on ecumenical matters.

Foreward by Bruce Oppenheimer of Vanderbilt University
Introduction
The Puzzle of Interest Group Influence
The History, Organization, and Regulation of Interest Groups
The Evolution of Interest Groups
The Organization of Interests
Political Organizations and the Legal Environment
Controlling Factions: Regulation and the Endurance of Political Interests
Interest Groups, Congress, and Public Policy
Interest Group Participation Before Congress
Interest Group Participation Beyond Congress: Agencies and the Courts
The Family and Medical Leave Act: A Case Study of Interest Groups and Policymaking
Interest Group Lobbying and Legislators' Policy Calculations
Legislative Lobbying
The Objectives of Organized Interests: Access and Influence
The Uncertainty of Legislative Decisionmaking
The Information Specialties of Organized Interests
The Strategic Use of Information
Political Action Committees
The History and Characteristics of PACs
PAC Contributions and the Exchange of Votes and Favors
PACs and Information
PACs and Representation
Consequences of Interest Group Politics
Policy Gridlock
Governmental Growth and Inefficiency
Growth and Information
Political Inequality
Inequality and Information
Interest Groups, Representation, and Legislating
Conclusion
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