Chapter 16

  1. interest group
    A collection of people or organizations that tries to influence public policy.
  2. pluralist theory
    The theory that political ppower is distributed among a wide array of diverse and competing interest groups.
  3. disturbance theory
    The theory that interest groups form as a result of changes in the political system.
  4. public interest group
    An organization that seeks a collective good that will not selectively and materially benefit group members.
  5. economic interest groups
    A group with the primary purpose of promoting the financial interests of its members.
  6. earmark
    Funds that an appropriations bill designates for specific projects within a state or congressional district.
  7. lobbyist
    Interest group representative who seeks to influence legislation that will benefit his or her organization or client through political and/or financial persuasion.
  8. trade association
    A group that represents a specific industry.
  9. lobbying
    The activities of a group or organization that seek to persuade political leaders to support the group's position.
  10. free rider program
    Potential members fail to join a group becuase they can get the benefit, or collective good, sought by the group without contributing the effort.
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Chapter 16