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Ch 8: Interest Groups in Politics

About This Chapter

This chapter covers the history of interest groups in the U.S. and the strategies they employ to influence government. The chapter's lessons and quizzes offer you a quick way to study interest groups for upcoming exams, homework or assignments.

Interest Groups in Politics - Chapter Summary

In this chapter, you'll delve into why interest groups are formed and how they influence government and public policies. The professional instructors who teach these lessons discuss the differences between public and private interest groups, theories regarding interest groups' activities and how the government regulates these groups. Try the accompanying self-assessment quizzes to retain important terms and concepts from the lessons. The chapter is also available 24/7 and accessible on any computer or mobile device. Completing this chapter can help you:

  • Summarize the history of interest groups in the U.S.
  • Differentiate between private and public interest groups
  • Explain how interest groups are developed and maintained
  • Understand how interest groups influence American politics
  • Compare various interest group litigation strategies
  • Define the pluralist view of interest groups in regards to American politics

6 Lessons in Chapter 8: Interest Groups in Politics
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.

Public vs. Private Interest Groups

2. 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.

Development & Maintenance of Interest Groups

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.

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.

Interest-Group Litigation Strategies: Ways to Influence Policy

5. Interest-Group Litigation Strategies: Ways to Influence Policy

Interest groups achieve their goals through a number of different ways. One strategy uses litigation in order to influence policy. This lesson explains the use of litigation by interest groups.

Pluralist View of Interest Groups on American Politics

6. 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.

Chapter Practice Exam
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Practice Final Exam
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