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Interest Groups in American Politics Pressure and Power

ISBN-10: 0415894263
ISBN-13: 9780415894265
Edition: 2nd 2013 (Revised)
Authors: Anthony Nownes
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Book details

List price: $57.95
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Routledge
Publication date: 9/24/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 328
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 1.232
Language: English

Americans rail against so-called special interests but at the same time many members of society are themselves represented in one form or another by organized groups trying to affect the policymaking progress. This concise but thorough text demonstrates that interest groups are involved in the political system at all levels of government—federal, state, and local—and in all aspects of political activity, from election campaigns to agenda setting to lawmaking to policy implementation. Rather than an anomaly or distortion of the political system, it is a normal and healthy function of a pluralist society and democratic governance. Nonetheless, Nownes warns of the dangers of unwatched interest group activity, especially in the realms of the electoral process and issue advocacy. Interest Groups in American Politics, Second Edition, is grounded by the role of information in interest group activity, a theme that runs through the entire book. Each chapter concludes with critical thinking exercises to help students engage with the material, as well as additional research resources, both in print and online, to help direct further exploration. Numerous figures and tables throughout the book help students visualize important trends and information.

Preface
Interest Groups in the United States
The Paradox of Interest Groups
What is an Interest Group?
The Universe of Interest Groups
The Plan for Interest Groups in American Politics
Conclusion: Why Study Interest Groups?
The Evolution of Interest Groups in the United States
The Twentieth Century: A Century of Interest Group Proliferation
The Diversification of Interest Groups
The United States as Interest Group Incubator
Explaining Interest Group Proliferation
Conclusion: The Evolution of Interest Groups in the United States
The Formation and Maintenance of Interest Groups
Defining "Formation" and "Survival"
The Barriers to Interest Group Formation and Survival
How Unorganized Constituencies Become Organized
Explaining Unequal Interest Group Representation
The Effect of Disturbances and Societal Change on Interest Group Formation and Survival
Conclusion: Explaining Why Some Interests are Better Represented by Interest Groups than Others
The Non-Lobbying Activities of Interest Groups
Engaging in Organizational Maintenance
Monitoring
Engaging in Self-Governance
Conclusion: The Importance of Non-Lobbying Activities
Direct Lobbying
Why Lobby Government?
Lobbying = The Provision of Information
Lobbying the Legislature
Lobbying the Executive
Lobbying the Courts
Direct Informal Lobbying
The Lobbyists: Who They Are and Where They Come From
What Makes a Successful Lobbyist?
Conclusion: Direct Lobbying and the Provision of Information
Electoral Lobbying
Where Does the Money Come From? Campaign Finance in the United States
Electoral Lobbying: Lobbying with Campaign Money
Other Ways Interest Groups Try to Affect Election Outcomes
What Does Campaign Money Buy?
Campaign Money: Is There Need for Reform?
Conclusion: Electoral Lobbying
Indirect Lobbying
What is Indirect Lobbying?
Influencing Government Decisions through Indirect Lobbying: Changing Attitudes, Changing Behavior
The Informational Basis of Indirect Lobbying
Techniques of Indirect Lobbying: The Classics
Techniques of Indirect Lobbying: Newer Modes of Reaching Citizens
Trends in Indirect Lobbying
Conclusion: Indirect Lobbying and the Provision of Information
Interest Groups and Political Parties
What is a Political Party?
What Do Political Parties Do?
The Relationships between Political Parties and Interest Groups
Conclusion
The Influence of Interest Groups
Introduction: The Thorny Question of Interest Group Influence
Pluralism: Putting Interest Groups on the Map
Subgovernments and Policy Domains
The Conditions of Interest Group Influence
What About Lobbying?
Conclusion: How Powerful are Interest Groups?
Conclusion: The Role of Interest Groups in American Politics
Explaining the Paradox
So Are Interest Groups Good or Bad?
A Final Thought
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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