Interest Groups in American Elections

Clyde Wilcox and Rentaro Iida

in The Oxford Handbook of American Political Parties and Interest Groups

Published in print January 2010 | ISBN: 9780199542628
Published online May 2010 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks of American Politics

 Interest Groups in American Elections

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This article examines the myriad ways that interest groups are active in American elections, and the difficulties that scholars face in answering basic questions about this activity. The study of interest groups in elections raises problems of conceptualization, measurement, and estimation. The specific manifestation of these problems influences what is studied, how it is studied, and the conclusions that can be drawn. Groups consider their policy goals, resources that can be used in elections and constraints on the use of those resources, and the political environment, as well as other factors. The effects of interest group on American elections and policy are covered.

Keywords: interest group; American elections; American policy; resources; political environment

Article.  6439 words. 

Subjects: Politics ; US Politics ; Political Behaviour

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