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Theories of Interest Group Behavior

The importance that interest groups have on the political platform is unmatched. Interest groups are often non-profit organizations used to place emphasis on political leaders to create and/or pass laws or bills on behalf of an organizations goal. Understanding the diverse dynamics these interest groups possess has been researched by theorist for decades.

Discuss the major theories that help explain interest group behavior and how these theories manifest themselves in the policy making process.

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The importance that interest groups have on the political platform is unmatched. Interest groups are often non-profit organizations used to place emphasis on political leaders to create and/or pass laws or bills on behalf of an organizations goal. Understanding the diverse dynamics these interest groups possess has been researched by theorist for decades. Below we'll discuss the major theories that help explain interest group behavior and how these theories manifest themselves in the policy making process.

Interest groups are one important mechanism through which citizens in the United States make their ideas, needs, and views known to elected officials (Hays, 2010). Interest groups can be composed of numerous organizations such as local businesses, labor unions, ...

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Over the course of history, the behavior of many interest groups has been summarized into theories to describe their actions and role in democracy. Theorist Truman, Dahl, Lowi, and Mills are known theorist and researchers of interest groups. Truman summarized interest group behavior in a theory called "group theory" in which he felt that one can understand politics by analyzing these interest groups actions in the process.....

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