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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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