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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
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. 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.
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.
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.
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.
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