Ch 21: Political Interest Groups & Lobbying - MTEL Political Science/Political Philosophy

About This Chapter

Learn about interest groups and lobbying in this chapter so you can prepare for these types of questions on the MTEL Political Science/Political Philosophy exam.

Political Interest Groups & Lobbying - MTEL Political Science/Political Philosophy - Chapter Summary

Interest groups have a large influence on politics in America. In this chapter you will review various types of interest groups and learn about lobbying practices. After completing the lessons, you will have explored:

  • History of interest groups
  • Process and purpose of lobbying
  • Comparison of public and private interest groups
  • Interest group creation and preservation
  • Influence of interest groups on American politics
  • Pluralist perspective on interest groups
  • Interest groups' relationships with political parties
  • How interest groups influence policy
  • The Iron Triangle

The lessons cover the material you need to review in order to prepare for relevant questions on the MTEL Political Science/Political Philosophy exam. There are videos included for those who learn visually, and the transcript of the video is available as a great resource for taking notes. You can take a self-assessment exam at the end of each lesson to test your knowledge and see how questions may appear on the exam.

Political Interest Groups & Lobbying - MTEL Political Science/Political Philosophy - Objectives

The MTEL Political Science/Political Philosophy exam is administered to educators in Massachusetts who would like to teach political science courses. The exam covers five main areas of content. You will find questions related to interest groups in the political philosophy content area as well as the government and civics area. The political philosophy content area accounts for 15% of the total score, and the government and civics content area accounts for 20% of the final score.

The MTEL Political Science/Political Philosophy exam contains 100 multiple-choice questions and 2 open-ended responses. The exam is a computer-based test that you will have four hours to complete. You will need a score of 240 or higher in order to qualify for certification.

9 Lessons in Chapter 21: Political Interest Groups & Lobbying - MTEL Political Science/Political Philosophy
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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.

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