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INTEREST GROUPS. An interest group is a group of like-minded individuals who encourage or prevent changes in public policy without trying to be elected. INTEREST GROUPS. Functions : Stimulate interest in public policy.

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interest groups
INTEREST GROUPS
  • An interest group is a group of like-minded individuals who encourage or prevent changes in public policy without trying to be elected.
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INTEREST GROUPS
  • Functions:
    • Stimulate interest in public policy.
    • Represent members based on interests / attitudes (not geography – like elected officials).
    • 3. Provide information to the government (politicians).
    • 4. Act as a vehicle for political participation.
    • 5. Act as a check and balance for politics.
    • 6. Competitively balance each other.
    • DO NOT NOMINATE CANDIDATES
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INTEREST GROUPS
  • Criticisms:
    • Interest groups push their own agenda, which is not always in the best interest of most Americans.
    • 2. Better organized + better funded = more influence.
    • 3. Some groups use bribes, threats, etc. to accomplish their goals.
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INTEREST GROUPS
  • What are interest groups you’ve heard of?
  • http://www.vancouver.wsu.edu/fac/kfountain/alpha.html
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