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Interest Group An organization of people with shared policy goals entering the policy process at several points to try to achieve those goals.
Faction a group or clique within a larger group, party, government.
Pluralist theory government and politics emphasizing that many groups each pressing for it's preferred policies, complete and counter balance one another in political marketplace.
elite theory a theory of government and politics contending that an upper class elite will hold most of the power and thus in effect run the government.
hyperpluarist theory government an politics contending that groups are so strong that government, seeking to please them all, thereby weakened
Sub-governments/iron triangles composed of interest group interests in particular policy, the government agency in charge of administering that policy, and the members of congressional committees and sub committees handling that policy; they exercise a great deal of control
potential group all the people who might be interest group members because they share some common interest
actual group in political group who actually joined
collective good something of value that cannot be withheld from a potential group member
free rider problem for a group the problem of people not joining because they can benefit from the group's activities without joining
electioneering direct group involvement in electoral process
litigation interest goals fail in congress or get only a vague piece of legislation, the next step is to go to court in the hope of getting specific rulings
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