AP Government and Politics notes on Interest Groups

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  • Created on: 03-03-18 19:02
  • What is an Interest Group?
    • an organized group of individuals who share common goals or objectives.
      • who attempt to influence policymakers in all three branches of government.
        • examples: AARP, NRA, PETA
  • The Pluralist Theory applied to Interest Groups
    • politics is mainly a competition among groups, each one pressing for its own preferred policies.
    • no group wins or loses all the time.
    • groups provide the key link between the people and the government. (Linkage Institution)
  • The Elitist Theory applied to Interest Groups
    • numerous groups mean nothing, the power is not


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