GSU POLS 1101 - Interest Groups and the Pluralist Theory (3 pages)

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Discusses interest groups, different types, and the key aspects of Pluralism


Lecture number:
20
Pages:
3
Type:
Lecture Note
School:
Georgia State University
Course:
Pols 1101 - American Government
Edition:
1

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POLS 1101 1st Edition Lecture 20 Outline of Last Lecture I Qualifications for the President II Executive Powers III Legislative Powers IV Judicial Powers V Military Powers VI Presidential Staf Outline of Current Lecture I Interest Groups II Litigation A Use of the Courts III Pluralist Theory A Problems with Pluralism Current Lecture I Interest Groups Linkage institutions Change public policy Similar to political parties Interest groups are narrowly focused they do no nominate because of money These notes represent a detailed interpretation of the professor s lecture GradeBuddy is best used as a supplement to your own notes not as a substitute Organizations of people with similar policy goals who enter the political process to achieve these aims and enumerate congress are interest groups Private public groups or citizen organizations Business interest groups are about 80 of them Labor interest groups Professional interest groups Public interest groups What they do Grassroots advocacy Direct Lobbying Cultivate access II Litigation and the Use of the Courts Mobilize public opinion Liberty is to faction as air is to fire Madison Pluralism sees interest groups in a democracy as a good thing Protection of Liberty III Pluralist Theory Multiplicity of interests is good large republic Competing interest check one another such that no single groups dominates Assumes groups will form roughly in proportion to people s interests in society What are some problems with this theory Some groups issues are more likely to be heard and recognized more than others Latent interest groups These are describing a group of politically like minded people that is not represented by any interest group Latent interest groups include the imprisoned students Pluralist perspective ignores the costs associated with organizing a group in the first place Groups don t automatically form because of the ease of free riding



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