Political Science 1100, Introduction to American Politics, March 5, 2014

 


Current Events 

 


Interest Groups


1. How Groups Influence Politics
 

a. Inside Lobbying: Providing Information for Making Policy

 

b. To Provide Information, Groups Must Have Access To Policy Makers

 

c. Outside Lobbying: Grassroots Advocacy

 

d. Litigation: Going to Court

 

e. Electoral Support

 

PACs (Political Action Committees)

 

Super PACS

 

 

2.  Political Consequences Of Interest Groups 

 

a. There Is A Temptation For Political Leaders
    To Trade Policy  for Interest Group Support

 

 

b. Private Benefits Tend To Crowd Out The Public Interest

 


The Media 


1. "Megamedia:" The Media Business

 

2. Media Biases


 

A.   Hype: Grabbing your attention

 

 

B.   Brief Stories

 

 

C.    Political Bias? Just Cynicism

 

The Media Campaign

 

Governing through Media