Interest Groups-Activity

On May 11, 2020, in Assignments, by lwaddell

For this assignment you will get to know some Interest Groups.  There are several the AP would like you to know.  You need to look up each Interest Group and write a quick summary.  Some things to include are who do they represent, what is their issue, what resources do they have, i.e., voters, cash and how do they influence government?

American Association of Retired Persons (AARP)
American Medical Association (AMA)
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)
National Association of Manufacturers  (NAM)
Sierra Club
National Rifle Association (NRA)

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Interest Groups Explained

On May 11, 2020, in Information, by lwaddell
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Interest Groups-Readings

On May 11, 2020, in Assignments, by lwaddell

Answer the questions that proceed each reading and send your responses to

Madison’s Dilemma

1. Is the thinking of the framers relevant to contemporary politics?
2. Does Madison have anything to say that resonates with the dynamics of American politics in the twenty-first century?
3. Should groups, for example, be required to look at more than one issue, or should they be required to explain how their positions and interests would benefit the nation?

Interest Groups and the American Political System

1. What is the relationship between a system of government and the behavior of groups?
2. Mark Rozell and Clyde Wilcox note several factors which contribute to the important role played by interest groups in American politics. What are those factors and what is their role?
3. Discuss the single-member district system according to Rozell and Wilcox.

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