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Congress, the media and interest groups

Ross M. English

in The United States Congress

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print April 2003 | ISBN: 9780719063084
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781700228 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7228/manchester/9780719063084.003.0008
Congress, the media and interest groups

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This chapter discusses the media and interest groups, and their impact on Congress. It first studies the important role media play in the American political process, including the evolution of modern media and the conflict between providing serious news/information and providing entertainment. The chapter then turns to interest groups, which are groups of individuals or organisations that gather together to promote or defend their shared interests, and looks at the strategies these groups use to influence Congress, which are the outsider and insider strategies.

Keywords: media; interest groups; modern media; entertainment v. information; shared interests; insider strategies; outsider strategies

Chapter.  4811 words. 

Subjects: US Politics

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