How are all groups not interest groups?
a. emphasis of shared attitude or interest
b. engage in political action
What are the goals of interest groups?
1. pursue benefits to promote the group interest
2. defend existing benefits to protect group interest
Why are interest groups more effective in defending existing benefits?
policy change requires success at multiple decision pts. and this change can be stopped at any of the decision pts.
Why is there is the assumption that people engage in collective action if it rational to do so?
people will form and join interest groups if benefits exceeds the cost
What are the characteristic of a public good?
b. each individual share is trivial to to the total cost
c. one persons enjoyment does not prevent other from benefiting
rational not to join a group to produce public goods because it minimize cost
a. get benefits regardless
b. your absence won't be noticed
Why is free riding a problem?
supplying public goods requires collective action but if everyone was rational there wont be enough participating to produce the public good
How is the free rider problem overcomed?
joining an interest group gives selective benefits to members, government coercion, social ostracism
How can government coerce the population to join groups?
a. force people to contribute to providing a public good
b. closed shop-mandatory union membership
c. mandatory professional membership
d. student services fees
pluralist theory to overcome free rider problem
latent unorganized interests spontaneously organize to take advantage of an opportunity in response to a threat
Exchange theory to overcome free rider problem
-by-product theory---> similar to Mancer Olsen theory but emphasizes leadership ....groups form as a result of a deal an exchange between a group entrepreneur and unorganized individuals with common interest join in exchange for selective benefits
applies biological concepts to interest groups ..population ecology, carry capacity, partitioning of environment into various niches, various species occupy a small niche to minimize competition from similar species
Targets of Interest group lobbying
a. their own membership
b. other groups
c. political parties
d. public opinion
What are the difference between political parties and interest groups?
1. the method of influencing politics
-political parties run candidates under party label... and interest groups influence politics by lobbying and active during elections and between elections
The difference between the scope of issues between political parties and interest groups
political parties have position on a broad range of issues to appeal to voters and interest groups have a narrow range of issues of concern to their members
What types of organizations are political parties and interest groups?
interest groups are private organizations and can set whatever requirements they want and parties are quasi public
party in the electorate
ordinary citizens identify with a party and usually support the party's candidate with their votes and camp contributions
party in government
those who hold elected and appointed govt offices who are considered representatives of the party
functions of the political parties
a. facilitate participation in democratic process
b. simplify alternatives
c. stimulate interest in govt and public affairs
responsive party model
highly disciplined parties that resent coherent platforms to electorate and high cohesion -all parties candidates support their party platform Example Great Britain --voters choose the which party;s platform they prefer ...held accountable in the next election
The historical reason for two party system in US
2. commercial vs agriculture
4. ethnicity class
5. federalists v. democrat-republicans
6. republicans v. democrats
Duvergers Law recognizes correlation between electoral rules and # of parties ---> winner takes all rules member district plurality system -electoral college and multi member district and property representation
reasons for two party system
a. historical reasons
b. consensus of fundamental values
c. electoral rules
d. political socialization
What is the problem with the pluralist theory in response to the free rider problem?
cannot explain how latent groups overcome the free rider problem
explains the explosive growth of interest groups as partitioning of policy niches into segments representing narrower and narrower interest
--applies biological concepts to interest groups
How do interest groups influence governments policies?
a. lobbying ....mostly active during and between elections
Why does the US not fit the responsive party model?
parties are ideologically diverse
low cohesion party nominees are chosen in direct primaries and not by party leaders government structure makes it difficult to enact programs ideal to the party platform because of separation of powers, representatives are chosen by different constituents overlapping terms and divided government
What is the evidence for the party decline thesis?
parties been getting weaker since 50s ...electoral attachment to political parties has weakened....rise of candidate centered campaigns...party voting in congress occurs less
According to scholars who disagree with the party decline thesis , the strength of the party depends on which two factors?
- which element you look at ...and what point in time you look
What are some forms of political participation?
b. campaign activities
c. citizens initiated contacts with government officials
d. local community activities
What are determinants of political participation
context and broader social network
Identify the sociological model
uses group level characteristic such as religion, SES, locality-rural or urban
Identify the Social-Psychological Model
This model explains vote choice as a function of attitudes
View on Major Issue
Identify the Rational Choice Model
voting is the product of rational cost benefit calculation
as costs of voting increases the likelihood of voting decreases