Guide to Interest Groups and Lobbying in the United States offers a thematic analysis of interest groups and lobbying in American politics over the course of American political history. It explores how interest groups have organized and articulated their support for numerous issues, and how they have they grown – both in numbers and range of activities – to become an integral part of the U.S. political system. Beginning with the foundations of interest groups during the late 19th-century Gilded Age, to the contemporary explosive growth of lobbying, Political Action Committees, and new forms of interest group cyberpolitics, readers are provided with multiple approaches to understanding the complex and changing interest advocacy sphere. This authoritative work will find an audience not only with students and scholars, but also with policy advocates.

The Evolution of Groups and Lobbying in 18th Century America

The evolution of groups and lobbying in 18th century America

The framers of the U.S. Constitution took the idea of faction very seriously. Much of their concern focused on what they called “majority faction”—the idea that a majority might well become tyrannical and oppress smaller groups within society. Although they did not foresee the rise of political parties (in essence, competing prospective ...

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