Learning Objectives

After reading this chapter, you should be able to

  • Explain how and why interest groups form.
  • Identify four types of interest groups and the kinds of interests they represent.
  • Describe how interest groups use lobbying and campaign activities to get the public policy they want.
  • Identify specific resources that interest groups bring to bear when attempting to influence public policy.
  • Summarize the relationship among citizens, interest groups, and government.