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.

Group Formation and Maintenance

Group formation and maintenance

The national federation of Independent Business (NFIB) was established in 1943, breaking away from the Chamber of Commerce, where the NFIB's founder, C. Wilson Harder, had been a staff member. Following his vision to harness the political might of small businesses, Harder presided over the more or less steady growth of the organization for twenty-six years. Succeeding leaders modernized and formalized the ...

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