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Interest groups and lobbying : pursuing political interests in America / Thomas T. Holyoke, California State University, Fresno.

Author/Creator:
Holyoke, Thomas T., author.
Publication:
Boulder, Colorado : Westview Press, [2014]
Format/Description:
Book
xvii, 334 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
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Subjects:
Pressure groups -- United States.
Lobbying -- United States.
Summary:
"Interest groups and lobbyists play a crucial role in how public policy is made in the United States' representative democracy. By helping citizens organize and pursue their self-interests in the political arena, interest groups and lobbyists are an alternative but very effective form of representation. However, the adversarial nature of interest groups often fuels voter discomfort with the political process. Interest Groups and Lobbying is an accessible and comprehensive text that examines the crux of this conflict. Pulling together two areas of interest group research--why advocacy organizations form and how they are able to gain influence in Washington, DC--Thomas T. Holyoke shows students the inner workings of interest groups in the United States. Using case studies to clarify and expand on the issues surrounding lobbying and group action in federal, state, and local government, Holyoke explores how we can use interest groups and their adversarial impulse to achieve the greatest good for the greatest number of people"-- Provided by publisher.
Contents:
Pt. 1: Origins and structure: Interests and interest groups
Collective action and interest group organization
Social movements
Lobbyists and organization management
A model of interest group advocacy
Pt. 2: Lobbying and influence: Lobbying congress, the most permeable branch
Executive branch lobbying
Interest groups going to court
Friends and foes of convenience
Interest groups, elections, and campaign finance
Conclusion: Representation in the interest group age.
Notes:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
ISBN:
9780813345819 (pbk.)
0813345812 (pbk.)
9780813345826 (e-book)
OCLC:
870336320