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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.

Organized Labor : Adaptive Strategies in Challenging Times
Organized Labor: Adaptive Strategies in Challenging Times
Peter L. Francia

In the early months of 2011, political protests rocked the Wisconsin Capitol grounds in Madison.1 The state’s newly elected Republican governor, Scott Walker, began his term in controversial fashion with a proposal—dubbed by its supporters as the “Wisconsin budget repair bill”—to eliminate nearly all collective bargaining rights for state public employees, excluding police, firefighters, and state troopers. The legislation also made it more difficult for public sector unions to collect dues from their members and required workers to vote their union back into existence every year. Among those most affected by the legislation were the state’s public school teachers, who faced not only significant increases to their health ...

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