Interest Group Politics in America

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M.E. Sharpe, Jan 1, 1997 - Political Science - 383 pages
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Interest-group lobbying is one of the most controversial activities in American politics--indeed, an array of groups have been organized to lobby against it. But, despite proliferating pledges of support for campaign finance reform and new restrictions on lobbying, the only real changes have come in the form of increasingly effective organizational techniques enhanced by technological innovations.

Interest Group Politics in America is a concise, readable, and up-to-date introduction to the study of group power. This third edition of the book gives expanded attention to the changing dynamics of power politics in America; new media venues and grassroots organizing techniques; the role of PACs, referenda, and direct action; and the perennial issue of reform.

  

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Contents

Group Politics in America
3
Tables
14
Boxes
16
The Foundations and Characteristics of Interest Groups
24
Leadership and Organization of Interest Groups
46
The Lobbyist at Work
79
Indirect and Media Lobbying
118
Grassroots Elections and Electronic Lobbying
157
Judicial and Legislative Lobbying
219
Executive and Regulatory Agency Lobbying
241
The Tension Between Reform and the First
268
The Traditional Lobbies
289
The Rise of PublicInterest Groups
313
Is Lobbying the Problem? The Solution? Or Just Normal
331
Notes
341
Index
363

The Power of PACs
191

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About the author (1997)

Ronald Hrebenar, Professor of Political Science at the University of Utah, is the author, editor, or co-editor of twelve books and more than thirty articles and chapters on interest groups, lobbying, political parties, and elections in the United States and Japan. He teaches classes on American politics, Japanese politics, political parties and elections, and interest groups and lobbying.

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