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Political Organizations : Princeton Studies in American Politics (Paperback) - James Q. Wilson

Political Organizations

Princeton Studies in American Politics (Paperback)

Paperback Published: 27th August 1995
ISBN: 9780691043852
Number Of Pages: 388

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A major work by one of America's eminent political scientists, "Political Organizations" has had a profound impact on how we view the influence of interest groups on policymaking. James Wilson wrote this book to counter two ideas: that popular interests will automatically generate political organizations and that such organizations will faithfully mirror the opinions and interests of their members. Moreover, he demonstrated that the way in which political organizations (including parties, business groups, labor unions, and civil rights associations) are created and maintained has a profound impact on the opinions they represent and the tactics they use. Now available for the first time in paperback, this book has broadened its scope to include recently developed organizations as it addresses many of today's concerns over the power of such groups as special-interest lobbies.

In 1973, when this book was first published, the press and public were fascinated by the social movements of the 1960s, thinking that the antiwar and civil rights movements might sweep aside old-fashioned interest-group lobbies. Wilson argued, however, that such movements would inevitably be supplanted by new organizations, ones with goals and tactics that might direct the course of action away from some of the movements' founding principles. In light of the current popular distress with special-interest groups and their supposed death-grip on Congress, Wilson again attempts to modify a widely held view. He shows that although lobbies have multiplied in number and kind, they remain considerably constrained by the difficulty they have in maintaining themselves.

Introduction to the Paperback Edition
Organizations and Politicsp. 3
Rationality and Self-Interestp. 19
Organizational Maintenance and Incentivesp. 30
Social Structure and Organizationsp. 56
Political Structure and Organizations
Political Partiesp. 95
Labor Unionsp. 119
Business Associationsp. 143
Civil Rights Organizationsp. 171
Organizational Creation and Changep. 195
Authority and Leadershipp. 215
Organizational Democracyp. 235
Competition and Coalitionsp. 261
Bargaining, Protest, and Violencep. 281
Organizational Representationp. 305
Organizations and Public Policyp. 327
Indexp. 347
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ISBN: 9780691043852
ISBN-10: 069104385X
Series: Princeton Studies in American Politics (Paperback)
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 388
Published: 27th August 1995
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.44 x 15.47  x 2.46
Weight (kg): 0.49
Edition Number: 2
Edition Type: Revised