Ch 12: Interest Groups in American Politics

About This Chapter

Use these video lessons to learn about interest groups, how they operate and their influence on American politics. Check your knowledge at the end of each lesson with a multiple-choice quiz that makes it easy to review difficult topics.

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

Video Objective
What Are Interest Groups in the United States? - History & TypesLearn the purpose of interest groups, their history in the U.S. and how they function today.
Pluralist View of Interest Groups on American PoliticsCompare the pluralist theory with the elitist and hyperpluralist theories.
Development & Maintenance of Interest GroupsExplore theories regarding why interest groups are created.
Strategies & Influence of Interest Groups on American PoliticsStudy the types of strategies lobbying groups employ.

Chapter Practice Exam
Test your knowledge of this chapter with a 30 question practice chapter exam.
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Practice Final Exam
Test your knowledge of the entire course with a 50 question practice final exam.
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