What are interest organizations and what are their characteristics? How are they similar to political parties? How do they differ from political parties?
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1. What are interest organizations and what are their characteristics? How are they similar to political parties?
There is an intense debate amongst political scientists as to what exactly constitutes a legitimate interest group (also referred to an interest organization). Some hold that only groups with members (for instance, Common Cause or the National Rifle Association) are interest groups. Others feel that interest groups are any non-government groups that try to affect policy, such as the National Space Society or the Planetary Society. Some people define it even more broadly, to include individual corporations, or even government agencies. Sometimes "interest groups" are used to refer to groups within society, especially those who are believed to have similar political opinions on an issue or group of issues (e.g. seniors, the poor, etc.) who are not necessarily part of an organized group e.g. ...
This solution explains the concept of "interest organizations', as well as their characteristics. It also explains how they are similar and/or different from political parties.