Guide to Interest Groups and Lobbying in the United States offers a thematic analysis of interest groups and lobbying in American politics and over the course of American political history. It explores how interest groups have organized and articulated their support for numerous issues, and have they grown – both in numbers and range of activities – to become an integral part of the U.S. political system.
Beginning with the foundations of interest groups during the late 19th Century Gilded Age, to the contemporary explosive growth of lobbying, Political Action Committees, and new forms of interest group cyberpolitics, readers are provided with multiple approaches to understanding the complex and changing interest advocacy sphere. This authoritative work from CQ Press will find an audience not only with students and scholars, but also with policy advocates.
"Combining both ready reference and narrative information, this guide, as the introduction accurately notes, is a “good place to start” research on this very important topic."
- Library Journal
"While intended as an academic reference source, this volume will appeal to a diverse audience of students, scholars, and interested laypersons alike. Accordingly, it is worthy of inclusion in general collections as well." - Choice
Burdett A. Loomis, University of KansasBurdett A. Loomis
is professor of political science at the University of Kansas. A former American Political Science Association congressional fellow and recipient of a Kemper Teaching Award, he has written extensively on legislatures, political careers, interest groups, and policymaking. In 2005, he worked as director of administrative communication for Governor Kathleen Sebelius of Kansas. He is the author or editor of more than 30 books in various editions, including eight editions of Interest Group Politics
Peter L. Francia, East Carolina UniversityPeter L. Francia
is associate professor of political science at East Carolina University. He has written extensively on labor unions, campaign finance, and American elections, and is the author of The Future of Organized Labor in American Politics
, and is the co-author of The Financiers of Congressional Elections: Investors, Ideologues, and Intimates
, and Conventional Wisdom and American Elections: Exploding Myths, Exploring Misconceptions
(1st and 2nd eds.). His work has appeared in American Politics Research
, Political Research Quarterly
, Public Opinion Quarterly
, Presidential Studies Quarterly
, and Social Science Quarterly
Dara Z. Strolovitch, University of MinnesotaDara Z. Strolovitch
is associate professor of political science at the University of Minnesota. She is the author of the award-winning book Affirmative Advocacy: Race, Class, and Gender in Interest Group Politics
. Her work has appeared in journals including the Journal of Politics
, the American Journal of Sociology
, the National Women's Studies Association Journal
, Social Science Quarterly
, and the Du Bois Review
. She has held fellowships at the Brookings Institute and, Georgetown University, and has received grants from sources including the National Science Foundation and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.