Lobbying, Pluralism and Democracy

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Lobbying, Pluralism and Democracy investigates lobbying on three levels. It describes how lobbying is being practiced in Washington, DC and focuses on its techniques, personnel, and also its forms of regulation. Although a recent phenomenon, lobbying also raises older dilemmas which are discussed in Part II with particular reference to the work of Montesquieu, Madison, Tocqueville, and contemporary pluralists. The study also analyzes "private" representation in the light of the special/public interests dichotomy,...
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Lobbying, Pluralism and Democracy investigates lobbying on three levels. It describes how lobbying is being practiced in Washington, DC and focuses on its techniques, personnel, and also its forms of regulation. Although a recent phenomenon, lobbying also raises older dilemmas which are discussed in Part II with particular reference to the work of Montesquieu, Madison, Tocqueville, and contemporary pluralists. The study also analyzes "private" representation in the light of the special/public interests dichotomy, and the extent to which "public interest groups" may effectively secure a broader coverage of societal needs.
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Graziano employed case studies of two major American associations of universities and two public-interest groups<-->Handgun Control, Inc. and the National Rifle Association<-->as the basis for this intriguing study on the social politics of lobbying. He expands the context by placing the process of lobbying today in relative terms with the history of political thought, including the work of Montesquieu, de Tocqueville, Madison, Bentley, Truman and Laske. The concluding section considers the special/public interest distinction and the possible role of lobbying to affect society and its needs. Graziano teaches political science in Turin, Italy; his research was carried out during extensive stays in the US. The work was translated by Maggie Greenhorn. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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  • ISBN-13: 9780333920565
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 7/28/2001
  • Series: Advances in Political Science Series
  • Edition description: REV
  • Pages: 268
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.72 (h) x 0.85 (d)

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Luigi Graziano is Professor of Political Science at the University of Torino, Italy.
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Table of Contents

List of Figures
List of Tables
Foreword
Foreword
Preface
Introduction 1
Pt. I Lobbying as Political Action
1 The Arenas and the Actors; Lobbying Communities and Policy Communities 9
2 The Legislative Arena 15
3 Lobbying and the Executive; The Budget Process 29
4 The Techniques: Coalitions, Grassroots Lobbying and Political Action Committees 50
5 The Ethical and Legal Constraints 85
Pt. II On Liberal Democratic Pluralism: Theory and History of Political Thought
6 On Pluralism 103
7 Liberal Democratic Pluralism: The Forerunners - de Tocqueville, Montesquieu and Madison 117
8 Contemporary Pluralism: Bentley, Truman and Laski 135
Pt. III Organized Interests and Unequal Representation (1960-90)
9 Organized Interests and the System of Representation 157
10 The Weak Link: Public-interest Groups 180
Conclusion: Lobbying and Democracy 200
Notes and References 207
Bibliography 227
Index 236
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