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When interest groups join for a common purpose
coalition building
What is the most powerful tool of labor unions?
A strike
Which of the following statements about political action committees (PACs) is true
Congress is more dependent on PACs than the President
The primary function of political action committees (PACs) is to
Raise campaign funds for favored candidates
people benefit from an interest group’s efforts without making any contribution
Free rider problem
Interest groups are protected under the Constitution by the
1st Amendment
Interest groups and political parties both promote United States democracy by
Linking citizens to the political process
the main reason interest groups are often successful in getting legislation passed to benefit their members
A narrow constituency derives the benefits from such legislation but the costs are spread broadly across the population
PACs for what area have been growing at fastest rate?
networks of congressional committees, bureaucratic agencies, and interest groups that strongly influence the policy process
Iron triangles
A flaw in the pluralism theory is the fact that
Some groups are better organized than others
How interest groups can influence a court?
an amicus curiae brief
An interest group is most likely to have influence in Congress when
The issue is narrow in scope and low in visibility
Why have interest groups done better than political parties?
Interest groups are better able to articulate specific policy positions than are political parties.
. The theory that all interests are and should be free to compete for influence in government, resulting in healthy democratic compromise and balance
part of interest group that raised money for preferred candidates
an alliance of various interest groups and individuals who unite in order to promote a common cause or agenda in a way that influences government policy.
issue networks
The Court held that the free speech clause of the First Amendment prohibits the government from restricting independent expenditures for political communications by corporations, including nonprofit corporations, labor unions, and other associations.
Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission