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An organization of people with shared policy goals entering the policy process at several points to try to achieve those goals. Interest groups pursue their goals in many arenas
A theory of government and policies emphasizing that many groups, each pressing for its preferred policies, compete and counterbalance one another in the political marketplace
A theory of government and polices contending that n upper class elite will hold most of the power and this in effect run the government
A theory of government and policies contending that groups are so strong that government seeking to please them all is thereby weakened
A mutually dependent, mutually advantageous relationship between interest groups interested in a particular policy, government agencies that administer that policy, and the congressional committees and subcommittees that handle it.
For a group, the problem of people not joining because they can benefit from the groups activities without joining
Groups that have narrow interest, tend to dislike compromise, and often draw membership from people to new polices
According to Lester Milbrath, a communication by someone other than a citizen acting on his or her own behalf directed to a governmental decision maker with the hope of influencing his or her decision
A provision found in some collective bargaining agreement requiring all employees of a business to join the union within a short period
Right to work laws
A state law forbidding requirements that workers must join a union to hold their jobs
Public interest lobbies
Organizations that seek a collective good the achievement of which will not selectively and materially benefit the members or activists of the organization
Someone who is employed to persuade legislators to vote for legislation that favors the lobbyist employer
The tertiary sector of the economy is one of the three economic sectors, the others being the secondary sector and the primary sector.
The public interest refers to the "common well-being" or "general welfare". The public interest is central to policy debates, politics, democracy and the nature of government
Lobbying and providing election support are two important direct techniques used by interest groups to influence government policy. In other words: any method used to interact with government
Grassroots lobbying (also indirect lobbying) is lobbying with the intention of reaching the legislature and making a difference in the decision-making process. Grassroots lobbying is an approach that separates itself from direct lobbying through the act of asking the general public to contact legislators and government officials concerning the issue at hand, as opposed to conveying the message to the legislators directly. Companies, associations and citizens are increasingly partaking in grassroots lobbying as an attempt to influence a change in legislation
the use of public relations techniques to create favorable public opinion toward an interest group, industry, or corporation
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