The Classics of Interest Group Behavior / Edition 1

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Overview

THE CLASSICS OF INTEREST GROUP BEHAVIOR is an edited collection of both classic and contemporary readings with topics including group formation and mobilization, group behavior, and influence. Each chapter includes a brief overview and a summary chapter discusses the future of research as well as suggestions for further reading, including internet resources.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780534643843
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 10/20/2005
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 408
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert Alexander

B.A. in Political Science (1994) from Ohio Northern University; M.A. in Political Science (1997) from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville; and Ph.D. in Political Science (2000) from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville. Professor Alexander has taught at Bowling Green State University, Frostburg State University and is currently an assistant professor at Ohio Northern University. He has published one book—ROLLING THE DICE WITH STATE INITIATIVES, Praeger Press (2001) and has published in several scholarly journals including the Journal of Politics. He is currently working on a project using survey data of over 400 groups in three states in an attempt to explain the role of groups in campaigns of direct democracy. In addition to his research of interest groups, he has increasingly studied the Electoral College and its members. His most recent publication, PINNING A FACE ON THE ELECTORAL COLLEGE: A SURVEY OF THE CLASS OF 2000 (with David Brown and Jason Kaseman) was published in November's PS: Political Science and Politics. He conducted the first survey of presidential electors in 2000 and continues this research by surveying members of the 2004 Electoral College.

Biography

A devoted Russophile, Robert Alexander has studied at Leningrad State University, worked for the U.S. government, and traveled extensively throughout Russia. While he's already made a name for himself with his series of bestselling mysteries (written as R. D. Zimmerman), he has also written a well-received trilogy of Russian historical novels (The Kitchen Boy, Rasputin's Daughter, The Romanov Bride) about the last days of Empire.

Good To Know

In our interview, Alexander shared some fun and fascinating facts about himself with us:

"Most of my friends know: I'm much too outgoing to be living in quarantine, as I do (as any writer does). Most of my friends don't know: I can ride a unicycle, I can't balance my checkbook, I broke my back going over a ski jump, and I was once enrolled in Meats 104 and Beverage 111 at a prominent School of Hotel and Restaurants, which prompted me to drop out and start my first novel."

"What I would like to know about me from someone is, why do I keep going to Russia? I've been going there for 28 years, and it's definitely not a place to unwind. But it certainly is always interesting. And that's where I met my domestic partner, Lars, and we've now been together 25 years. And it's also where I met my business partner, Meri, and we've been in business now almost 14 years -- we have a customs clearance business and Barabu, a small chain of espresso/wine bars. And I always come up with some weird story idea over there. So maybe I just answered my own question.

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    1. Also Known As:
      R. D. Zimmerman, M. Masters
    2. Hometown:
      Minneapolis, Minnesota
    1. Date of Birth:
      August 23, 1952
    2. Place of Birth:
      Chicago, Illinois
    1. Education:
      B.A. in Russian Language and Creative Writing, Michigan State University, 1976

Table of Contents

1. Introduction. Part I: GROUP FORMATION. 2. James Madison. "Federalist 10." 3. Alexis de Tocqueville (1835) Chapter 12 from "Democracy in America." 4. Arthur Bentley 1935 (1908) Chapter 7 from "The Process of Government." 5. David Truman 1971 (1951) Chapter 1 from "The Governmental Process." 6. Robert Dahl 1961 Chapter 1 from " Who Governs?" 7. Schattschneider, E.E. Chapter 1 from "The Semi-sovereign People." 8. C. Wright Mills 1956 Chapter 1 from "The Power Elite." Part II: GROUP MOBILIZATION AND STRUCTURE. 9. Mancur Olson 1965 "Introduction" in The Logic of Collective Action. 10. Robert Salisbury 1969 "An Exchange Theory of Interest Groups." 11. Jack Walker 1983 "The Origins and Maintenance of Interest Groups in America." 12. Jack Walker 1991 "Chapter 10" in Mobilizing Interest Groups in America. 13. Robert Salisbury 1984 "Interest Representation: The Dominance of Institutions." 14. Schlozman, Kay, and Tierney, John "More of the Same: Washington Pressure Group Activity in a Decade of Change." Part III: GROUP INFLUENCE. 15. Theodore J. Lowi 1969 "Chapter 10" in The End of Liberalism. 16. Jonathan Rauch 1994 "Chapter 10" in Demosclerosis. 17. Hugh Heclo 1978 "Issue Networks and the Executive Establishment" in Anthony King, ed. The New American Political System. 18. William Browne 1992 "Organized Interests and Their Issue Niches." 19. John. R. Wright 1985 "PACs, Contributions, and Roll Calls: An Organizational Perspective." 20. Arthur Denzau and Michael Munger 1986 "Legislators and Interest Groups: How Unorganized Interests Get Represented." 21. Richard Hall and Frank Wayman 1990 "Buying Time: Moneyed Interests and the Mobilization of Bias in Congressional Committees." 22. John Heinz, Edward Laumann, Robert Nelson, Robert Salisbury 1993 "Structure and Uncertainty in Private Interest Representation" in The Hollow Core: Private Interests in National Policy Making.

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