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Interest Groups, Lobbying, and Participation in America - Kenneth M. Goldstein

Interest Groups, Lobbying, and Participation in America

Paperback Published: 6th December 1999
ISBN: 9780521639620
Number Of Pages: 172

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More than individual attributes and attitudes motivate individuals to participate in politics and more goes into interest group influence than financial donations and direct activity. To answer fundamental questions about what determines when and why people participate in politics and how organized interests go about trying to influence legislative decision-making, we must understand how and why political leaders recruit which members of the public into the political arena. Looking from the bottom up with survey data and from the top down with data from interest group interviews, Goldstein develops and tests a theory of how tactical choices in a grass roots campaign are made.

'The book is very easy to read and it is highly recommended for specialists. Students and teachers will find it a helpful source for gaining fresh insights into the issue. It is a comprehensive, well written, well researched, and thoroughly documented account of an issue that goes to the heart of democracy. Indeed, Goldstein's work is impressive and should take its place as a major source on the topic!' Robert P. Watson, University of Hawaii

List of Figures and Tablesp. viii
Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Introductionp. 1
Patterns and Puzzles in Participation and Lobbyingp. 14
The Political Logic of Political Decisionsp. 30
Explaining Lobbying Decisionsp. 53
Lobbying Decisions and the Health Care Reform Battlep. 72
Patterns of Recruitment and Participation in the Mass Publicp. 106
Conclusionp. 125
Sources and Coding for Survey Datap. 133
Interest Group Sampling Framep. 138
Chronology of Health Care Reform Legislationp. 144
Bibliographyp. 147
Indexp. 153
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ISBN: 9780521639620
ISBN-10: 052163962X
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 172
Published: 6th December 1999
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 1.2
Weight (kg): 0.25