Guide to Interest Groups and Lobbying in the United States

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Loomis (political science, Univ. of Kansas; coeditor, Interest Group Politics) and coeditors Peter L. Francia (political science, East Carolina Univ.) and Dara Z. Strolovitch (political science, Univ. of Minnesota) provide a descriptive and analytical history of the multifaceted political and historical aspects of the lobbying of the U.S. government, plus a much smaller amount of information on state and local activities. The title's 36 chapters cover a broad range of topics such as the history of interest-group politics, theoretical approaches to the organizations, their involvement with the three branches of government, types of lobbying groups by sector (agriculture, business, civil rights, women's interest, education, etc.), and lobbying techniques and tactics. Interspersed throughout the volume are charts, statistics, interesting sidebars, and bibliographies that enhance the material's reference value. BOTTOM LINE The large subgenre of literature addressing various aspects of interest group lobbying in the United States includes many specialized directories, e.g., the "Washington Representatives" and "Government Affairs Yellow Book" series. Combining both ready reference and narrative information, this guide, as the introduction accurately notes, is a "good place to start" research on this very important topic.—Donald Altschiller, Boston Univ. Lib.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781604264579
  • Publisher: Congressional Quarterly, Inc.
  • Publication date: 6/21/2011
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 512
  • Product dimensions: 8.60 (w) x 11.10 (h) x 1.30 (d)

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