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"Hrebenar (political science, University of Utah) and a law student describes the nature of interest groups and lobbying in the United States, analyze current debates about the impact of lobbying on election campaigns and public policy development, and compare American interest group patterns to those of other nations. The reference handbook then
chronicles the history of interest groups in America, provides 44 brief biological sketches, reprints essays and legislation, and lists organizations, associations, books, journals, films, and internet sites for finding more information."
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"Lobbying in America joins others in the 'Contemporary World Issues' series and offers an authoritative guide to the entire political lobbying process in this country, from reviews of the ideas and approaches to chronologies of events, directories of agencies and lobbying groups, biographies of lobbyists, and more. The entire history of the growth of interest groups receives in-depth attention in this excellent, key survey recommended for high school and college-level holdings strong in American politics."
Midwest Book Review - California Bookwatch
"This very informative reference handbook covers the background and history of lobbying and interest groups, the problems and controversies they face, and possible solutions. Hrebenar (Univ. of Utah) and Morgan (law student, Harvard) also present a worldwide perspective on lobbying. They offer a well-written chronology that covers interest group politics and lobbying from 1763 to the present, and biographical sketches featuring major scholars, commentators, interest group founders and leaders, and lobbyists . . . The book includes a section of classical writings that give a good historical perspective. It also addresses attempts made by Congress to regulate lobbying activities through hearings, legislation, and other official means. A directory of organizations, associations, and agencies is featured, along with a selective bibliography of print and electronic resources related to interest groups, campaign finance, and lobbying. Laid out in a simple, clean manner with concise entries, this work nicely summarizes lobbying and interest group politics in a single, readable volume. Glossary included. Summing Up: Recommended. Lower-level undergraduates through faculty/researchers; general readers."
"Lobbying in America, a new addition to the Contemporary World Issues series by ABC-CLIO, provides a great introduction to the topic. . . . this is a hot topic and the book is sure to be used. Suitable for high school students through undergraduates, this is a welcome source for media centers as well as public and academic libraries."