With its broad spectrum of scholarship on interest groups past and present, Interest Group Politics brings together noted political scientists to provide comprehensive coverage and cutting-edge research on the role and impact of interest groups in U.S. politics, all geared to an undergraduate audience. In the wake of the Citizens United decision and the growth of lobbying into a multi-billion dollar industry, this trusted classic provides students with a guide to the influence and reach of interest groups.
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 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.
1. Introduction: The Changing Nature of Interest Groups Politics - Burdett A. Loomis, Allan J. Cigler Part I. Internal Politics of Organized Interests 2. Organized Labor: Adaptive Strategies in Challenging Times - Peter L. Francia 3. Interest Group `Policy Agendas': What are They? And How Might We Study Them? - Darren R. Halpin 4. Changing Polices/Changing Hearts and Minds: The Evolution of the LGBT Movement - Don Haider-Markel, Steven Sylvester 5. National Religious Lobbying: Dramatic Growth and Significance - Allen D. Hertzke 6. The Tea Party as an Interest: Movement? Group? Brand? Faction? - Burdett A. Loomis Part II. Groups, Elections, and Money 7. The Rise of Dark Money - Lee Drutman 8. Sources of Congressional Candidates' Funds: Does Interest Group Money Dominate? - Brian Kelleher Richter, Timothy Werner 9. Interest Group Interests in Congressional Primaries - Robert G. Boatright Part III. Lobbying 10. Tobacco Industry Efforts to Influence Policy: When Interest Groups Face Opposition - Dorie Apollonio 11. Lobbying in the Shadows: How Private Interests Hide from Public Scrunity, and Why That Matters - Timothy M. LaPira 12. Ethnic Interest Groups and American Foreign Policy: How Influential? - James M. McCormick 13. Interest Groups and America's "Invisible Governments": Patterns of Participation and Conflict in Special District Politics - Anthony J. Nownes, Josh Cole 14. Working the Angles: The Job of a Corporate Lobbyist - Robert Healy 15. The Power of Negative Lobbying - Amy Melissa McKay 16. We Have Met the Lobbyists and They Are Us: When Governments Lobby Governments - Scott H. Ainsworth, Erik K. Godwin, R. Kenneth Godwin Part IV. Conclusion 17. Advocacy in an Era of Inequality - Burdett A. Loomis, Anthony Nownes