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American Government and Politics is a completely new introductory textbook designed and written for all students of politics coming to the subject for the first time. It provides a lively and accessible introduction and guide to all the main features and characteristics of one of the most distinctive and complex contemporary political systems in the world. From the impeachment of Bill Clinton, to the controversy surrounding the 2000 presidential election, and the Bush administration's responses to September 11, students will gain a balanced and critical understanding of all the key issues and debates in contemporary American government and politics today.

Interest Groups
Interest groups

Americans of all ages, all stations of life, and all types of disposition are forever forming associations. There are not only commercial and industrial associations … but others of a thousand different types – religious, moral, serious, futile, very general and very limited, immensely large and very minute.

Alexis de Tocqueville, 1835

By a faction I understand a number of citizens, whether amounting to a majority or minority of the whole, who are united and actuated by some common impulse of passion, or of interest, adverse to the rights of other citizens, or to the permanent and aggregate interests of the community.

James Madison, Federalist Papers, No. 10
  • Interest Group Activism
  • A Typology of Interest Groups
  • Interest Group Functions, Strategies and Tactics
  • Approaches to Interest Group Influence
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