The Interest Group Society

The Interest Group Society

by Jeffrey M. Berry, Clyde Wilcox

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781138691735
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 02/26/2018
Edition description: Revised
Pages: 268
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

About the Author

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

Clyde Wilcox is Professor in the Government Department at Georgetown University.

Table of Contents


Preface     xi
Madison's Dilemma     1
Curing the Mischiefs of Faction     3
Interest Groups and Their Functions     4
Pluralism     9
Interest Groups and Civil Society     12
Conclusion     14
The Advocacy Explosion     15
The Interest Group Spiral     17
The Rise of Citizen Groups     22
Business Fights Back     28
A Labor-Liberal Alliance     32
Conclusion     33
Mobilization and Organization     34
Competing Theories     35
Supply of Benefits     40
Marketing Interest Groups: Direct Mail and Internet Fundraising     46
Maintaining the Organization     49
Who Governs?     54
Making Decisions     58
Conclusion     60
The Party Connection     62
The Advantages of Interest Groups     63
Working Together     68
Keeping Parties Straight and True     71
Financial Support     74
Conclusion     76
Interest Groups in Campaigns     78
Nonfinancial Support     79
Interest Group Money inCampaigns     81
Conclusion     98
Lobbyists     100
A Day in the Life of a Lobbyist     101
Effective Lobbying     103
Lobbying as a Career     107
Lobbyists for Hire     112
Conclusion     117
Public Opinion and Grassroots Lobbying     118
Direct Citizen Lobbying     120
Lobbying the Public     124
Demonstrations and Protests     134
Conclusion     135
Washington Lobbying     137
Congress     138
Executive Branch     141
The Courts     146
Strategic Decision Making     152
Conclusion     154
The Rise of Issue Networks and Coalitions     155
Coalitions: Everyday Politics     156
From Subgovernments to Issue Networks     163
The Qualities of Issue Networks     171
Continuity and Change in Issue Networks     173
Conclusion     175
Bias and Representation     177
Corporate Wealth and Political Advocacy     178
A Special Relationship     180
Beyond Business     186
Reform      187
Bibliography     191
Index     213

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