Chapter 7: The Privileges of Access: Interest Groups and the White House

The Privileges of Access: Interest Groups and the White House

The privileges of access: Interest groups and the white house
LawrenceR.Jacobs

As the executive branch and office of the presidency swelled and exercised more power, pressure groups formed or expanded to sway administration policy—to better serve their ends or to blunt initiatives that threatened their interests. Alert to constraints and opportunities in their environment, presidents came to recognize interest groups as organizations with the potential to rally support of valued constituencies and to serve as a kind of political infantry to press home their agenda in a recalcitrant congress.

Changing political needs prompted successive presidents to reorganize their institution to serve their interest to track the views of organized associations and to rally them in support of administration ...

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