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Interest Groups in American Politics - Chapter Summary and Learning Objectives
Political interest groups try to influence government leaders to do their bidding. Their work covers a broad spectrum of causes, from lobbying Congress to pass bills promoting their business concerns to promoting laws protecting an endangered animal species. In these lessons, we'll look at types of interest groups and how they operate. The lessons in this chapter will teach you:
- How political interest groups developed in the U.S.
- What types of political interest groups operate in the U.S. today
- Ways that interest groups influence political actions
- Why views differ on the benefits of interest groups
- Why interest groups form
- What strategies lobbying groups use
|What Are Interest Groups in the United States? - History & Types||Learn the purpose of interest groups, their history in the U.S. and how they function today.|
|Pluralist View of Interest Groups on American Politics||Compare the pluralist theory with the elitist and hyperpluralist theories.|
|Development & Maintenance of Interest Groups||Explore theories regarding why interest groups are created.|
|Strategies & Influence of Interest Groups on American Politics||Study the types of strategies lobbying groups employ.|
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. 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.
3. 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.
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.
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