Interest Group Politics, 8th Edition
After a turbulent and moneyed midterm election season, turn to the new edition of this trusted classic to guide your students through the influence and reach of interest groups. With its broad spectrum of scholarship on interest groups past and present, Interest Group Politics once again brings together noted political scientists to provide comprehensive coverage and cutting-edge research on interest groups in U.S. politics. Contributors examine the growth of social networks in lobbying, the actions of organized interests during the health care reform debate, campaign mobilization and congressional decision making from the group perspective, and more.
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New to this EditionOnce again, Cigler and Loomis bring together noted political scientists to provide comprehensive coverage and cutting-edge research on in-terest group influence in U.S. politics. Contributors examine the growth of social networks in lobbying, the actions of organized interests during the health care reform debate, campaign mobilization and congressional decision-making from the group perspective, and more.
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Table of Contents
1. Introduction: The Changing Nature of Interest Group Politics
I. Group Organization
II. Groups and the Electoral Process
Part III. Groups and Policymaking
Part IV. Conclusion
Testimonials"It is rare to find in one volume a collection of leading scholarship that covers such a wide range of contemporary issues pertaining to interest groups, while still engaging the student reader. I couldn’t teach elections and public policy without Interest Group Politics." - Thomas Copeland, Geneva College
"As a faithful user of the Cigler and Loomis reader since its first edition for my interest group politics class, I have come to expect a high standard of its articles, which serve as an informative and helpful supplement. Over the years, Interest Group Politics has given my students the opportunity to read about critical questions, research approaches, and analysis by scholars who are foremost in the study of the interest group literature." - Leon Halpert, Siena College
Allan J. Cigler, University of Kansas
Allan J. Cigler is Chancellor's Club Teaching Professor of Political Science at the University of Kansas. He received his doctorate from Indiana University. His research and writing focus on parties and interest groups, particularly on the relationship between the two mediating institutions.
Burdett A. Loomis, University of Kansas
Burdett 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.
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