Discussion: Pros and Cons of Interest Groups, and Corporations: Welcome to Week 3! This week, we will look at special interests, lobbyists, activism, and interest groups…
Discussion: Pros and Cons of Interest Groups, and Corporations
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Welcome to Week 3! This week, we will look at special interests, lobbyists, activism, and interest groups. With a nation of over 320 million people, there are millions of opinions on every possible topic. And these voices strive to be heard. Individuals and groups step forward with their own causes and attempt to influence the legislative process in one form or another. We will look at how this process works and how it influences the halls of government as well as the individual voter.
Textbook: Greenberg, E. S & Page, B. I. (2018). The Struggle for Democracy, 2018 Elections and Updates Edition. (12th ed.). Pearson.
Chater 7, 8
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Option 1: What are the pros and cons of lobbyists as a tool for special interest groups? Should former members of Congress be allowed to become lobbyists? Explain your answer.
Option 2: Social movements can at times use disruptive behaviors. What are some of the possible benefits of disruptive behaviors in social movements? What are the drawbacks or possible negative consequences? What does the First Amendment state concerning citizens’ right to use disruptive methods? Refer to examples from history as you frame your analysis. Explain your answer.
Be sure to make connections between your ideas and conclusions and the research, concepts, terms, and theory we are discussing this week.
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