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Ch 7: AP US Government and Politics: Interest Groups

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View video lessons to learn about interest groups and how they function in U.S. politics. Use the quizzes that follow each lesson to evaluate your own understanding of these materials.

AP U.S. Government and Politics: Interest Groups - Chapter Summary and Learning Objectives

Interest groups play an important role in American politics. While each group may be dedicated to a particular type of cause or issue, there are general similarities across interest groups. They are typically organized in response to a perceived need, and each faces the same challenges in maintaining their operation. In this series of video lessons, you'll explore the types of activities interest groups carry out to affect political change; you'll also see the results of efforts to regulate interest groups. In these lessons, you'll learn things like:

  • How and why interest groups were established
  • The purpose of interest groups
  • How interest groups work to achieve their goals
  • How political action committees are a unique type of interest group

Video Objective
What Are Interest Groups in the United States? - History & Types Define interest groups, and explain their purpose. Describe what factors influence their growth and common characteristics of interest groups.
Development & Maintenance of Interest Groups Discuss why interest groups are formed and how they're maintained; describe the free-rider problem and possible solutions.
Strategies & Influence of Interest Groups on American Politics Outline interest groups' strategies, and assess their effectiveness; describe government efforts to regulate interest groups.
Types of Interest Groups List types of interest groups and provide examples of each; discuss economic interest groups, public interest groups and cause-related groups.
Political Action Committees: Characteristics & Influence on Politics Define a political action committee (PAC) and outline its characteristics; describe how PACs function in the political process.

7 Lessons in Chapter 7: AP US Government and Politics: Interest Groups
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
What Are Interest Groups in the United States? - History & Types

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.

Development & Maintenance of Interest Groups

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.

The Relationship Between Political Parties & Interest Groups

3. The Relationship Between Political Parties & Interest Groups

The following lesson will cover the similarities and differences between political parties and interest groups. A short quiz will follow the lesson to check for your understanding.

Strategies & Influence of Interest Groups on American Politics

4. 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.

Political Action Committees: Characteristics & Influence on Politics

5. Political Action Committees: Characteristics & Influence on Politics

Political action committees, or PACs, are organizations used to raise election funds. PACs play an important role in campaign finance and heavily influence politics. This lesson explains the characteristics and history of PACs.

Lobbying: Definition, Purpose & Methods

6. Lobbying: Definition, Purpose & Methods

Many of us have heard about lobbyists and how they have a lot of influence on government, but do we know how they actually work? Who even hires these people? This lesson answers those questions.

Public vs. Private Interest Groups

7. Public vs. Private Interest Groups

This lesson will explain the differences between private and public interest groups. In doing so, it will highlight the goals of each as well as the concepts of big business and lobbying.

Chapter Practice Exam
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Practice Final Exam
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