Analyzing Interest Groups Group Influence on People and Politics

ISBN-10: 0393977080
ISBN-13: 9780393977080
Edition: 2002
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Description: Ainsworth bridges formal theory and mainstream research on interest groups, making important connections between ideas that had previously been scattered across a variety of scholarly journals.

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List price: $22.50
Copyright year: 2002
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company, Incorporated
Publication date: 9/16/2002
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 272
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.880
Language: English

Ainsworth bridges formal theory and mainstream research on interest groups, making important connections between ideas that had previously been scattered across a variety of scholarly journals.

Scott H. Ainsworth is professor of political science in the School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Georgia. His work on lobbying, interest groups, and the U.S. Congress has appeared in numerous outlets including the American Journal of Political Science, Journal of Politics, and Legislative Studies Quarterly. He is the author of Analyzing Interest Groups and coauthor of Abortion Politics in Congress: Strategic Incrementalism and Policy Change.

List of Figures and Tables
Preface
Groups and Individuals
Interest Groups and the Changing Nature of Political Science
Institutionalism
Interest Groups and Pluralism
Critics of Pluralism
Formal Theory: An Operating Theory of Politics
Notes
Why Do Individuals Join Groups?
Introduction
David B. Truman and the Formation of Interest Groups
Mancur Olson and the Formation of Interest Groups
Evidence and Empirical Concerns
New Insights
Conclusion
Notes
Interest Group Entrepreneurs
Introduction
What Are the Marks of Entrepreneurship?
Salisbury's Exchange Theory
Entrepreneurs and Coordination
Group Entrepreneurs as Government Agents
Theory and Practice: Tools for Today's Entrepreneurs
Conclusion
Notes
Representing Interests
Introduction
Identifying Majoritarian Interests
Principals and Agents
Groups and Democratic Governance
Decision Making in Groups
Social Choice Theory and Group Decision Making
Solutions to Unraveling
Examples of Group Governance
Conclusion
Notes
Summary of Part I
Groups and Government
The Lobbying Environment in Washington
Introduction
Interests and the Government
A Brief History of Interest Representation in Washington
Changes in Congress: Leadership and Committees
Lobbying Enterprises and Reverse Lobbying
Who's Represented in Washington
Conclusion
Notes
Lobbying
Introduction
The Day-to-Day Context of Lobbying
Legislator-Lobbyist Interactions
The Representation Problem
Characterizing the Legislator-Lobbyist Interaction
Statutory Regulations of Lobbyists
Informal Means of Regulating Lobbyists
Does the System Work?
Theory and Practice: Interpreting Rules and Guidelines for Lobbying
Conclusion
Notes
Organized Interests and the Executive and Judicial Branches
Introduction
Executive Branch Lobbying
Organized Interests and the Courts
Conclusion
Notes
Organized Interests in the Electorate: Grassroots Politics
Introduction
Early Examples of Grassroots Campaigns
Grassroots Today
Groups and the Media
Ballot Initiatives and Referenda
The Representation Problem Revisited: Organizing Others' Grassroots
Conclusion
Notes
Elections, Groups, and Money
Introduction
A Brief History of Money and Elections
Who Forms PACs?
Cash Flow: Who Gets PAC Money?
Effects of Group Money on Elections
Vote Buying in the House
Conclusion
Notes
Conclusion
Introduction
Governmental Responsiveness and Contradictory Demands
Groups and the Distribution of Social Costs
Problems Associated with an Interest Group Society and Their Possible Solutions
Are Groups Solely Responsible for the Problems within an Interest Group Society?
What Is to Be Done?
Conclusion
Notes
Glossary of Formal Terms
References
Books and Scholarly Articles
Court Cases
Media Sources
Index

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