Political Organizations / Edition 1

Political Organizations / Edition 1

by James Q. Wilson
     
 

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ISBN-10: 069104385X

ISBN-13: 9780691043852

Pub. Date: 08/07/1995

Publisher: Princeton University Press

A major work by one of America's eminent political scientists, Political Organizations has had a profound impact on how we view the influence of interest groups on policymaking. James Wilson wrote this book to counter two ideas: that popular interests will automatically generate political organizations and that such organizations will faithfully mirror

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A major work by one of America's eminent political scientists, Political Organizations has had a profound impact on how we view the influence of interest groups on policymaking. James Wilson wrote this book to counter two ideas: that popular interests will automatically generate political organizations and that such organizations will faithfully mirror the opinions and interests of their members. Moreover, he demonstrated that the way in which political organizations (including parties, business groups, labor unions, and civil rights associations) are created and maintained has a profound impact on the opinions they represent and the tactics they use. Now available for the first time in paperback, this book has broadened its scope to include recently developed organizations as it addresses many of today's concerns over the power of such groups as special-interest lobbies.

In 1973, when this book was first published, the press and public were fascinated by the social movements of the 1960s, thinking that the antiwar and civil rights movements might sweep aside old-fashioned interest-group lobbies. Wilson argued, however, that such movements would inevitably be supplanted by new organizations, ones with goals and tactics that might direct the course of action away from some of the movements' founding principles. In light of the current popular distress with special-interest groups and their supposed death-grip on Congress, Wilson again attempts to modify a widely held view. He shows that although lobbies have multiplied in number and kind, they remain considerably constrained by the difficulty they have in maintaining themselves.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691043852
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
08/07/1995
Series:
Princeton Studies in American Politics: Historical, International, and Comparative Perspectives Series
Edition description:
Updated edition with a New introduction by the author
Pages:
376
Product dimensions:
6.09(w) x 9.23(h) x 0.97(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction to the Paperback Edition
Acknowledgments
Ch. 1Organizations and Politics3
Ch. 2Rationality and Self-Interest19
Ch. 3Organizational Maintenance and Incentives30
Ch. 4Social Structure and Organizations56
Ch. 5Political Structure and Organizations78
Ch. 6Political Parties95
Ch. 7Labor Unions119
Ch. 8Business Associations143
Ch. 9Civil Rights Organizations171
Ch. 10Organizational Creation and Change195
Ch. 11Authority and Leadership215
Ch. 12Organizational Democracy235
Ch. 13Competition and Coalitions261
Ch. 14Bargaining, Protest, and Violence281
Ch. 15Organizational Representation305
Ch. 16Organizations and Public Policy327
Index347

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