Includes bibliographical references (p. 161-165) and index.
PART I. AMERICAN POLITICS. 1. American Politics: Some Basic Aspects. 2. Getting Organized: Some Concepts and Realities. 3. Forces and Actors in Pluralist Politics: The List Is Long and Varied. PART II. LOBBYISTS AND LOBBYING. 4. Lobbyists and Lobbying: Key Actors and Strategies in Pursuit of Influence. 5. The Money Game: Political Action Committees and Soft Money. PART III. LOBBYING CONGRESS AND THE WHITE HOUSE. 6. Lobbying Congress: Some General Observations. 7. Influencing the Executive: Actors and Strategies. 8. Courts and Policymaking: The Litigation Explosion. 9. Summary and Conclusions: The Shape of Interest Group Politics Beyond 2000. Key Terms. References. Index.
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For junior/senior-level courses in Interest Groups, Voting and Elections, Political Campaigning, and Political Parties; for graduate-level seminar courses in American Institutions. The visibility and activity of interest groups is growing steadily in American politics. Balancing a theoretical understanding of their existence with a practical understanding of their activities, this text describes and analyzes American political interest groups, which play a vital role in policy making at all levels of government. The author provides an even-handed picture of interest groups' activities, addressing citizen stereotyping and misunderstanding with a straightforward and readable discussion. (source: Nielsen Book Data)