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Interest Groups

by: Maddie McGuire

Interest Groups POLS 1000

Maddie McGuire
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POLS 1000
Jim King

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All you will need to know about Interest Groups! Covers both US and Wyoming.
POLS 1000
Jim King
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This 2 page Class Notes was uploaded by Maddie McGuire on Tuesday November 3, 2015. The Class Notes belongs to POLS 1000 at University of Wyoming taught by Jim King in Fall 2015. Since its upload, it has received 14 views. For similar materials see POLS 1000 in Political Science at University of Wyoming.


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Date Created: 11/03/15
Interest Groups Organizations formed around shared attitudes and objectives that attempt to influence public officials and public policies Maior Interest Groups in Wyoming Minera lobby Wyoming education association Agriculture Wyoming association of Municipalities Medica professions All have economic interest Interest group resources 1 Membership Number Cohesiveness Geographic distribution 2 Information and Expertise Being respected on a particular policy issue Example American Medical Association and health care 3 Prestige of the group Positive image brings trust Who do you believe on the ill effects of tobacco usethe doctors or the tobacco companies 4 Money Pay for lobbyists lawyers PAC contributions etc Can make up for lack of other resources Interest Group Strategies 1 Lobbying Direct contact with public officials ndirect quotgrassroots mobilizationquot 2 InstitutionalAdvertising quotPubic Relationsquot Goal create a favorable image of your group 3 Campaign support Provide membership lists distribute literature endorsement Give money through PACs PAC Contribution Strategies Support incumbents Support incumbents on committees that can benefit the group Support candidates who share your political philosophy 4 Initiative Process Avaiabe in 24 states Can be important for groups with lots of money 5 Litigation Primary strategy for groups like ACLU and NAACP Secondary strategy for others The Key Successful interest groups adopt strategies that make effective use of their resources


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