Development & Maintenance of Interest Groups


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Which of the following is NOT a reason why interest groups are developed and maintained?

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1. Based on disturbance theory, which answer choice provides an example of why might an interest group form?

2. One big issue that all interest groups face is that membership recruitment becomes a problem because the benefits they achieve can be gained without joining the group. What is this called?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

These materials can be used as a review or in preparation for our lesson on the founding of interest groups. This quiz will test your knowledge of possible reasons why interest groups come together and the incentives they use to persuade people to join.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

You can use the worksheet to prepare for questions on our quiz about:

  • Reasons why interest groups form
  • The disturbance and entrepreneurial theories of interest group formation
  • Types of incentives offered to members of interest groups
  • The term for the problem wherein people don't join an interest group because they can achieve the benefits without becoming members

Skills Practiced

Utilize the following skills using these materials:

  • Making connections - use your understanding of reasons for interest group formation
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the enticements offered to members of interest groups
  • Distinguishing differences - compare and contrast topics from the lesson, such as solidary and purposive incentives

Additional Learning

The corresponding lesson on forming interest groups will teach you how to:

  • Define entrepreneurial and disturbance theories of interest groups
  • Describe the two environments in which an interest group might form, according to the disturbance theory
  • Explain how the free rider problem affects membership numbers in an interest group
  • List incentives that interest groups use to win over members and fight the scourge of free riders
  • Differentiate between actual groups and potential groups