With its broad spectrum of scholarship on interest groups past and present, Interest Group Politics brings together noted political scientists to provide comprehensive coverage and cutting-edge research on the role and impact of interest groups in U.S. politics, all geared to an undergraduate audience. In the wake of the Citizens United decision and the growth of lobbying into a multi-billion dollar industry, this trusted classic provides students with a guide to the influence and reach of interest groups.
- Chapter 1: Introduction: The Changing Nature of Interest Group Politics
- Internal Politics of Organized Interests
- Chapter 2: Organized Labor: Adaptive Strategies in Challenging Times
- Chapter 3: Interest Group “Policy Agendas”: What Are They? And How Might We Study Them?
- Chapter 4: Changing Policies/Changing Hearts and Minds: The Evolution of the LGBT Movement
- Chapter 5: National Religious Lobbying: Dramatic Growth and Significance
- Chapter 6: The Tea Party as an Interest: Movement? Group? Brand? Faction?
- Groups, Elections, and Money
- Chapter 7: The Rise of Dark Money
- Chapter 8: Sources of Congressional Candidates’ Funds: Does Interest Group Money Dominate?
- Chapter 9: Interest Group Interests in Congressional Primaries
- Chapter 10: Tobacco Industry Efforts to Influence Policy: When Interest Groups Face Opposition
- Chapter 11: Lobbying in the Shadows: How Private Interests Hide From Public Scrutiny and Why That Matters
- Chapter 12: Ethnic Interest Groups and American Foreign Policy: How Influential?
- Chapter 13: Interest Groups and America’s “Invisible Governments”: Patterns of Participation and Conflict in Special District Politics
- Chapter 14: Working the Angles: The Job of a Corporate Lobbyist
- Chapter 15: The Power of Negative Lobbying
- Chapter 15: We Have Met the Lobbyists and They Are Us: When Governments Lobby Governments
- Chapter 17: Advocacy in an Era of Inequality