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.

Grassroots, Astroturf, and Internet Lobbying

Grassroots, astroturf, and internet lobbying

After the november elections in 1938, Speaker of the House William B. Bankhead, D-Ala., spoke with newly elected members of Congress, including C. Estes Kefauver, D-Tenn., giving them sage advice about their impending legislative careers and urging them to think ahead about the prospects of reelection. “Your votes and speeches may make you well known and give you a reputation,” Bankhead ...

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