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.

Lobbying: Techniques and Impact

Lobbying: Techniques and impact

The subtitle of this chapter sounds a little like a golf instructional DVD: “Keep your head down, relax, follow through.” Not bad advice for a duffer—or a lobbyist either, for that matter.

But that is about where the similarities end. There is a temptation to reduce advocacy to a recipe: “Do these three things and get your bill passed into law.”

But just as watching an instructional video will not turn you into Tiger Woods, ...

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