Ch 16: Interest Groups & Lobbying

About This Chapter

Use this chapter's video lessons to learn about interest groups and their lobbying efforts. Explore the history and types of interest groups as well as their role in U.S. politics.

Interest Groups & Lobbying - Chapter Summary

For this chapter, our professional instructors teach you about the role of interest groups and lobbying efforts in American politics. By watching our engaging video lessons, you'll refresh your knowledge of the history of interest groups in the United States. This chapter also examines political theories that explain why interest groups form and how they are maintained. You will take a look at these groups' impact on the U.S. political system as well. After completing the video lessons, you should be prepared to:

  • Describe the types of interest groups in the U.S.
  • Identify lobbying methods
  • Differentiate between public and private interest groups
  • Discuss the strategies interest groups use to influence U.S. politics and public policy
  • Recognize the relationship between interest groups and political parties
  • Understand the components of the iron triangle

We offer several tools to help make learning about interest groups and lobbying a fun, efficient process. Our videos are usually under 10 minutes in length, and you can also study the material by reading over the lesson transcripts.

Once you study and feel comfortable with the covered political science topics, take the quizzes that accompany each lesson. These short multiple-choice quizzes are a great way to gauge your comprehension of the chapter's material.

9 Lessons in Chapter 16: Interest Groups & Lobbying
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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.

Lobbying: Definition, Purpose & Methods

2. 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

3. 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

4. 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

5. 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.

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.

The Relationship Between Political Parties & Interest Groups

7. 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.

Interest-Group Litigation Strategies: Ways to Influence Policy

8. 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.

The Iron Triangle: Definition, Theory & Examples

9. The Iron Triangle: Definition, Theory & Examples

The iron triangle is a unique relationship between bureaucracy, congressmen, and lobbyists that results in the mutual benefit of all three of them. We examine how an iron triangle works and then consider some problems that might arise from an iron triangle.

Chapter Practice Exam
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Practice Final Exam
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