About This Chapter
Interest Groups and American Democracy - Chapter Summary and Learning Objectives
Instructors teaching this chapter's video lessons can help you examine the political influence wielded by interest groups and the steps taken to regulate their activities. You can also learn how they serve public or private interests and scrutinize the techniques used to change government policy and sway public opinion. This chapter can teach you how to:
- Provide examples of different types of interest groups
- Outline interest groups' historical development
- Explain the free rider problem and pluralist theory
- Discuss interest groups' political influence
|The Boston Tea Party, Intolerable Acts & First Continental Congress||Describe the Tea Act and the Boston Tea Party as well as the Intolerable Acts and the First Continental Congress.|
|What are Interest Groups in the United States? - Definition, History, Types & Examples||Examine the nature of interest groups. Explain their prevalence in U.S. politics.|
|Development & Maintenance of Interest Groups: Lesson & Quiz||Learn how interest groups are formed and maintained as well as why people join them. Assess strategies for avoiding the free rider problem.|
|Strategies & Influence of Interest Groups on American Politics: Lesson & Quiz||Outline tactics interest groups use to influence public policy. Describe forms of government regulation used to limit the influence of interest groups.|
|Pluralist View of Interest Groups on American Politics: Lesson & Quiz||Learn how pluralist theory explains the role of interest groups in American politics.|
1. What Are Interest Groups in the United States? - History & Types
The following lesson will discuss the history and types of interest groups that exist in the American political system. A short quiz will follow the lesson to check for your understanding.
2. Development & Maintenance of Interest Groups
The following lesson will discuss how interest groups are developed and maintained. A short quiz will follow the lesson to check for your understanding.
3. Strategies & Influence of Interest Groups on American Politics
The following lesson will describe the strategies used by interest groups to influence American politics. A short quiz will follow the lesson to check for your understanding.
4. Pluralist View of Interest Groups on American Politics
The following lesson covers the political theories that attempt to assess the perceived benefits of interest groups in American politics. A short quiz will follow the lesson to check your understanding.
Earning College Credit
Did you know… We have over 79 college courses that prepare you to earn credit by exam that is accepted by over 2,000 colleges and universities. You can test out of the first two years of college and save thousands off your degree. Anyone can earn credit-by-exam regardless of age or education level.
To learn more, visit our Earning Credit Page
Transferring credit to the school of your choice
Not sure what college you want to attend yet? Study.com has thousands of articles about every imaginable degree, area of study and career path that can help you find the school that's right for you.
Other chapters within the Political Science 102: American Government course
- Introduction to the Study of American Government
- Constitutional Democracy
- Federalism in the United States
- The Media and American Democracy
- The Federal Bureaucracy in the United States
- American Political Culture, Opinion, and Behavior
- Civil Liberties
- Civil Rights
- Political Parties in the United States Government
- The Presidency: Election, Powers, and Practice
- The Congress: Election, Powers, and Representation
- The Federal Judicial System
- Economic and Fiscal Policy
- Public, Social, and Environmental Policy
- Foreign and Defense Policy
- Studying for Political Science 102