U.S. Consumer Interest Groups: Institutional Profiles

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Greenwood Publishing Group, 1995 - Business & Economics - 269 pages
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These in-depth profiles of major non-governmental organizations show how they compete to protect consumer or business interests ranging across all stages of American life from baby foods to funerals. The analyses of 109 interest groups portray a wide array of the political tactics that have helped shape consumer policy over the past generation. Drawing upon materials from the organizations themselves, as well as from other original and secondary sources, the profiles depict who the groups represent, their goals, how they were founded, their resources, organizational structures and procedures, the services and benefits that they offer, the issues that they address, and the tactics that they use to affect federal policy. Students, teachers, policymakers, administrators, consumer and business activities and interest group watchdogs will learn through this pioneering new reference who gets what in the marketplace and in politics and why.

Drawing upon materials from the organizations themselves, as well as from other original and secondary sources, the profiles depict who the groups represent, their goals, how they were founded, their resources, organization structures and procedures, and the services and benefits that they offer. The profiles also describe specific issues that the groups address, their positions, and their tactics and ways in which they try to affect federal policymaking--from boycotts to group buying, research, testifying before congressional committees, serving on executive department advisory committees, election candidate ratings, filing lawsuits, publicizing research results, becoming media experts on particular subjects, and persuading members to contact a member of Congress. Students, teachers, policymakers, administrators, consumer and business activists and watchdogs will learn through this pioneering new reference who gets what in the marketplace and in politics and why.

 

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Contents

PREFACE
vii
INTRODUCTION
ix
US CONSUMER INTEREST GROUPS
xxi
DIRECTORY OF ORGANIZATIONS
247

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Page 258 - National Council of Senior Citizens (NCSC). 1331 F Street, NW, Washington, DC 20004.

About the author (1995)

LOREE BYKERK, an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, coauthored "Consumer Politics: Protecting Public Interests on Capitol Hill" with Ardith Maney (Greenwood Press, 1994). She has written at length about interest groups and politics.

ARDITH MANEY, an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at Iowa State University, has also served as Visiting Lecturer at the University of Glasgow and the University of Western Bohemia. She is the author of "Still Hungry After All These Years: Food Assistance Policy from Kennedy to Reagan" (Greenwood Press, 1989), and has worked also with officials in Central and Eastern Europe on projects associated with economic and political restructuring.

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