The Interest Group Society / Edition 5

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Considered the gold standard on interest group politics, this widely-used text analyzes interest groups within the intuitive framework of democratic theory, enabling readers to understand the workings of interest groups within the larger context of our political system. Comprehensive coverage includes not only the traditional farm, labor, and trade associations, but also citizen groups, public interest organizations, corporations, and public interest firms

Brief in page count yet comprehensive in coverage, the book is flexible for different class settings. The book's rich content and lean size allows it to stand alone as the centerpiece of a course, or be assigned as one of several texts.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780205604807
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 7/23/2008
  • Series: MySearchLab Series 15% Off Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 5
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 907,997
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Jeffrey M. Berry is professor of Political Science at Tufts University

Clyde Wilcox is a professor in the Government Department at Georgetown University

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Table of Contents


Chapter 1
Madison’s Dilemma
Curing the Mischiefs of Faction
Interest Groups and Their Functions
The Rise and Fall of Pluralism
Pluralism as a Goal

Chapter 2
The Advocacy Explosion
The Interest Group Spiral
The Rise of Citizen Groups
Business Fights Back

Chapter 3
The Party Connection
The Advantages of Interest Groups
Working Together
Parties and PACs
Keeping Parties Straight and True

Chapter 4
Mobilization and Organization
Competing Theories
Supply of Benefits
Marketing Interest Groups: Direct Mail
Maintaining the Organization
Who Governs?
Making Decisions

Chapter 5
A Day in the Life of a Lobbyist
Effective Lobbying
Lobbying as a Career
Lobbyists for Hire

Chapter 6
Public Opinion and
Grassroots Lobbying
Lobbying for Values
Educating the Public
Think Tanks
Demonstrations and Histrionics
Direct Citizen Lobbying
High-Tech Lobbying

Chapter 7
Political Action Committees
Movement for Reform
PACs and Political Finance
Does Money Matter?
Targeting and Cooperation

Chapter 8
Washington Lobbying
Executive Branch
The Courts
Strategic Decision Making

Chapter 9
The Rise of Issue Networks
Coalitions: EverdayPolitics
From Subgovernments to Issue Networks
The Qualities of Issue Networks
The Telecommunications Network

Chapter 10
Bias and Representation
Corporate Wealth and Political Advocacy
A Special Relationship
Beyond Business


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