POLS 102 Lecture 16: Political science - notes 10 March

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Iron triangle three political actors are involved: Congress, Bureaucracy, and Interest Groups
What it the function/goal of each actor?
Congress - Election, pass laws, get reelected, keep in power
Bureaucracy Policy implementation, funding for operation
Interest Groups Polies that favor interest groups
What resource does each actor have?
Congress Legislative power, allocating funding
Bureaucracy Ability to carry out policies
Interest Groups Financial resource, expertise and information
What are the benefits from the other actors?
Congress Policy support from Bureaucracy, campaign funding from interest groups
Bureaucracy Funding from Congress, information from interest groups
Interest Group Favorable policies, less regulations
Interest Groups vs. Political parties
Interest Group An organization that attempts to influence public policy in a specific area of
importance to its members
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Iron triangle three political actors are involved: congress, bureaucracy, and interest groups. What it the function/goal of each actor: congress - election, pass laws, get reelected, keep in power, bureaucracy policy implementation, funding for operation. Interest groups polies that favor interest groups. What resource does each actor have: congress legislative power, allocating funding, bureaucracy ability to carry out policies. Interest groups financial resource, expertise and information. What are the benefits from the other actors: congress policy support from bureaucracy, campaign funding from interest groups, bureaucracy funding from congress, information from interest groups. Interest group an organization that attempts to influence public policy in a specific area of importance to its members. Political party an organization that unites people in an effort to control the activities and policies of the government. Approach lobby, campaign funding etc. , from outside. Chosen by parliament because prime minister is head of the party, which is in the parliament.

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