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Grossmann, Matthew, author
The not-so-special interests : interest groups, public representation, and American governance / Matt Grossmann
Stanford, California : Stanford University Press, 2012, ©2012
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 3rd Floor  JK1118 .G76 2012    AVAILABLE
Subject(s) Pressure groups -- United States
Lobbying -- United States
Representative government and representation -- United States
Subject United States -- Politics and government
Physical Description x, 236 pages ; 24 cm
Note Includes bibliographical references and index
Contents Introduction : public factions and organized interests -- Interest groups that speak for you and me -- One person, one lobbyist? -- The skew and diversity of organized advocacy -- Institutionalized pluralism -- The supply side of media bias -- The usual suspects in national policymaking -- Conclusion : listening to everyone
Summary "Lobbyist" tends to be used as a dirty word in politics. Indeed, during the 2008 presidential primary campaign, Hillary Clinton was derided for even suggesting that some lobbyists represent "real Americans." But although many popular commentators position interest groups as representatives of special--not "public"--Interests, much organized advocacy is designed to advance public interests and ideas. Advocacy organizations--more than 1,600 of them--are now an important component of national political institutions. This book uses original data to explain why certain public groups, such as Jews, law
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