POLS 1101 Lecture Notes - Lecture 25: Amicus Curiae, Senatorial Courtesy, Political Action Committee

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Organizations that try to influence government"s programs and policies. Interest groups should be free to compete for governmental influence. Marketplace of ideas supposed to prevent extreme ideas, moderate ideas will typically win. The flaw in the pluralist heaven is that the heavenly chorus sings with an upper-class accent. Some benefits of a group"s success are available to all known as collective goods. How interest groups try to influence the government. Strategy by which organized interests seek to influence the passage of legislation or other public policy by exerting direct pressure on members of the legislature. 2 chambers of congress: 100 in the senate, 435 in the house of representatives. Representatives have the same racial, gender, ethnic, religious, or educational backgrounds as their constituents. When constituents have the power to hire and fire their representatives. Representatives should adhere to the will of their constituents.

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