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Passing legislation and approving government spending in an area that will only benefit certain citizens, with the hopes of getting re-elected.
An individual who does not to join a group representing his or her interests yet receives the benefit of the group's influence. The bigger the group is, the more serious the problem.
Members of Congress help constituents as individuals by cutting through the bureaucratic red tape to get people what they think they have the right to get; example: late social security checks, federal workers not responding, etc.
The effort by Congress, through hearings, investigations, and other techniques, to exercise control over the activities of executive agencies
The process by which people gain their political attitudes and opinions
Applies the Fourteenth Amendment to the states, and ensures that states cannot enact laws that take away the constitutional rights of American citizens that are enshrined in the Bill of Rights
groups with shared interests influence public policy by pressing their concerns through organized efforts; examples: NRA, National Organization for Women (NOW), American Council on Education (ACE)
The competing groups are so strong that they weaken government. The influence of so many institutions makes it hard for Congress to make decisions.
Society is divided among class lines and upper-class elites pull the strings of government.
Political Action Committee (PAC)
an organization formed to collect money and provide financial support for political candidates
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