Interest Groups in American National Politics: An Overview

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For junior/senior-level courses in Interest Groups, Voting and Elections, Political Campaigning, and Political Parties; for graduate-level seminar courses in American Institutions. The visibility and activity of interest groups is growing steadily in American politics. Balancing a theoretical understanding of their existence with a practical understanding of their activities, this text describes and analyzes American political interest groups, which play a vital role in policy making at all levels of government. The author provides an even-handed picture of interest groups' activities, addressing citizen stereotyping and misunderstanding with a straightforward and readable discussion.

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The visibility and activity of interest groups is growing steadily in American politics. Balancing theory with practical understanding, this book describes and analyzes American political interest groups, which play a vital role in policy making at all levels of government. Provides an even-handed picture of interest groups' activities, addressing citizen stereotyping and misunderstanding with straightforward and readable discussion. Gives insight into how lobbyists operate and what their general backgrounds are, along with the different kinds of lobbying forces active in the nation's capital. Offers a detailed and balanced examination of lobby and campaign financing, encouraging readers to draw their own conclusions about possible campaign reform presently under discussion in Congress. Concludes with some predictions of the future shape of pluralist politics beyond the year 2000, helping readers to make informed decisions and examine future political events more critically. For anyone interested in learning more about policy making and the political process in general.

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