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Interest Groups and Congress : Lobbying, Contributions and Influence - With New Foreword

Interest Groups and Congress : Lobbying, Contributions and Influence - With New Foreword - 03 edition

Interest Groups and Congress : Lobbying, Contributions and Influence - With New Foreword - 03 edition

ISBN13: 9780321121875

ISBN10: 0321121872

Interest Groups and Congress : Lobbying, Contributions and Influence - With New Foreword by John R. Wright - ISBN 9780321121875
Cover type: Paperback
Edition: 03
Copyright: 2003
Publisher: Longman, Inc.
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Interest Groups and Congress : Lobbying, Contributions and Influence - With New Foreword by John R. Wright - ISBN 9780321121875

ISBN13: 9780321121875

ISBN10: 0321121872

Cover type: Paperback
Edition: 03
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Summary

Re-issued as part of the "Longman Classics in Political Science" series, Wright's authoritative text on interest groups in the U.S. features a new Foreword, by Bruce Oppenheimer of Vanderbilt University that explores the text's enduring contributions to the discipline.

Wright's renowned text surveys the history, organization, aims and processes of interest groups to explain how they influence and affect public policy and opinion in the US Congress.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

1. Introduction.

The Puzzle of Interest Group Influence.

2. The History, Organization, and Regulation of Interest Groups.

The Evolution of Interest Groups.
The Organization of Interests.
Political Organizations and the Legal Environment.
Controlling Factions: Regulation and the Endurance of Political Interests.

3. Interest Groups, Congress, and Public Policy.

Interest Group Participation Before Congress.
Interest Group Participation Beyond Congress: Agencies and the Courts.
The Family and Medical Leave Act: A Case Study of Interest Groups and Policymaking.
Interest Group Lobbying and Legislators' Policy Calculations.

4. Legislative Lobbying.

The Objectives of Organized Interests: Access and Influence.
The Uncertainty of Legislative Decisionmaking.
The Information Specialties of Organized Interests.
The Strategic Use of Information.

5. Political Action Committees.

The History and Characteristics of PACs.
PAC Contributions and the Exchange of Votes and Favors.
PACs and Information.
PACs and Representation.

6. Consequences of Interest Group Politics.

Policy Gridlock.
Governmental Growth and Inefficiency.
Growth and Information.
Political Inequality.
Inequality and Information.
Interest Groups, Representation, and Legislating.

7. Conclusion.