ORGSTUDY 495 - Special Topics in Organizational Studies
Section: 001 Interest Group Politics
Term: WN 2010
Subject: Organizational Studies (ORGSTUDY)
Department: LSA Organizational Studies
Credits:
3
Waitlist Capacity:
unlimited
Waitlist Notes:
OS students will be given preference on the waitlist based on academic standing. Waitlist priority will be at the discretion of the instructor.
Advisory Prerequisites:
Restricted to Organizational Studies Majors.
Repeatability:
May be elected four times for credit. May be elected more than once in the same term.
Primary Instructor:

This course examines the ways that citizens, firms, and institutions struggle to gain representation through organized interest groups in the United States. We attempt to negotiate an understanding of groups that neither quixotically champions their representative functions nor cynically decries their supposed omnipotence. Instead, we situate groups within a larger context of multiple actors and institutions vying for political influence. We use an organizational perspective to evaluate this behavior.

The course begins by establishing several frameworks for evaluating interest group politics. We then explore how groups face dilemmas of collective action and (sometimes) overcome them through the formation of social movements and lobbying organizations. We consider how groups form relationships with political parties and other political elites in Washington, DC. We evaluate group strategies for lobbying Congress and achieving influence over elections, bureaucratic decision making, and judicial processes. The course concludes with international comparisons of interest groups and by evaluating the place of interest groups in the broader American political system.

ORGSTUDY 495 - Special Topics in Organizational Studies
Schedule Listing
001 (SEM)
P
30781
Open
16
14ORGSTUDY Majors
-
TuTh 4:00PM - 5:30PM
002 (SEM)
P
31909
Open
8
12ORGSTUDY Majors
-
MW 11:30AM - 1:00PM
003 (SEM)
P
45826
Open
23
8ORGSTUDY Majors
-
TuTh 1:00PM - 2:30PM
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ISBN: 0030133661
The semisovereign people : a realist's view of democracy in America, Author: E.E. Schattschneider ; reissued with an introd. by David Adamany., Publisher: Dryden Press [New ed.] 1975
Required
ISBN: 0674537513
The logic of collective action : public goods and the theory of groups, Author: Mancur Olson., Publisher: Harvard University Press 17. print. 1971
Required
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