INTEREST GROUPS. Chapter 16 O’Connor and Sabato American Government: Continuity and Change. INTEREST GROUPS. In this chapter we will cover … What Are Interest Groups? The Roots and Development of American Interest Groups What Do Interest Groups Do?
O’Connor and Sabato
Continuity and Change
In this chapter we will cover…
Providing Political Info
Supplying Nomination suggestions
Generating Public Pressure
Groundswell of public pressure
Use Constituents as Lobbyists
Building Alliances with other groups
Washington Post Staff WriterWednesday, June 22, 2005; Page A01
To the great growth industries of America such as health care and home building add one more: influence peddling.
The number of registered lobbyists in Washington has more than doubled since 2000 to more than 34,750 while the amount that lobbyists charge their new clients has increased by as much as 100 percent. Only a few other businesses have enjoyed greater prosperity in an otherwise fitful economy
In general three factors tend to lead to interest group success:
Hyperpluralist argue that when interest groups become so powerful that they dominate the political decision-making structures they render any consideration of the greater public interest impossible.
Interest Groups have been criticized for