Organized Interests…Do They Represent You?

Organized Interests…Do They Represent You?

Ch. 11 discusses the pros and cons of Organized Interest Groups (sometimes called Special Interest Groups or just Interest Groups.) It discusses the differences between labor unions, professional associations, trade associations, public interest groups, single-issue interest groups and even government groups that lobby government  (intergovernmental interest groups)! The authors also discuss how interest groups represent a variety of people, serve to educate, can be a “watchdog” over the government, and work to get their favorite candidates elected to office. But when it talks about “Winners and Losers” (pp 366-7) it gives an example of one”loser group” being Texas’ college students. After reading about the pluralist perspective and hyperpluralism, discuss why Texas’ college students may be losing out to organized interest groups.

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