5th Edition

Interest Group Society

ISBN 9780205604807
Published June 27, 2008 by Routledge
242 Pages

USD $110.00

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Book Description

Considered the gold standard on interest group politics, this widely-used text analyzes interest groups within the intuitive framework of democratic theory, enabling readers to understand the workings of interest groups within the larger context of our political system.  Comprehensive coverage includes not only the traditional farm, labor, and trade associations, but also citizen groups, public interest organizations, corporations, and public interest firms

Brief in page count yet comprehensive in coverage, the book is flexible for different class settings. The book's rich content and lean size allows it to stand alone as the centerpiece of a course, or be assigned as one of several texts.

Table of Contents


Chapter 1
Madison’s Dilemma   
Curing the Mischiefs of Faction    
Interest Groups and Their Functions    
The Rise and Fall of Pluralism    
Pluralism as a Goal    

Chapter 2
The Advocacy Explosion   
The Interest Group Spiral    
The Rise of Citizen Groups    
Business Fights Back    

Chapter 3
The Party Connection   
The Advantages of Interest Groups    
Working Together    
Parties and PACs    
Keeping Parties Straight and True    

Chapter 4
Mobilization and Organization   
Competing Theories    
Supply of Benefits    
Marketing Interest Groups: Direct Mail    
Maintaining the Organization    
Who Governs?    
Making Decisions    

Chapter 5
A Day in the Life of a Lobbyist    
Effective Lobbying    
Lobbying as a Career    
Lobbyists for Hire    

Chapter 6
Public Opinion and    
Grassroots Lobbying   
Lobbying for Values    
Educating the Public    
Think Tanks    
Demonstrations and Histrionics    
Direct Citizen Lobbying    
High-Tech Lobbying    

Chapter 7
Political Action Committees   
Movement for Reform    
PACs and Political Finance    
Does Money Matter?    
Targeting and Cooperation    

Chapter 8
Washington Lobbying   
Executive Branch    
The Courts   
Strategic Decision Making   

Chapter 9
The Rise of Issue Networks   
Coalitions: EverdayPolitics    
From Subgovernments to Issue Networks    
The Qualities of Issue Networks    
The Telecommunications Network    

Chapter 10
Bias and Representation   
Corporate Wealth and Political Advocacy   
A Special Relationship    
Beyond Business   


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Jeffrey M. Berry is professor of Political Science at Tufts University

Clyde Wilcox is a professor in the Government Department at Georgetown University