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The Interest Group Society


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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


About the Author

Jeffrey M. Berry is professor of Political Science at Tufts University Clyde Wilcox is a professor in the Government Department at Georgetown University

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