ORGSTUDY 425 - Interest Group Politics
Section: 001
Term: WN 2018
Subject: Organizational Studies (ORGSTUDY)
Department: LSA Organizational Studies
Credits:
3
Repeatability:
May not be repeated for credit.
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 and by evaluating the place of interest groups in the broader American political system.

Course Requirements:

Students are expected to participate in class by reading assigned materials, regularly offering comments, and participating in class discussions (150 points). Short Assignments: Students are expected to complete 8 short writing assignments, ranging in length from 250- 750 words, adding to a total of 4,250 words (17 pages). Students will select 1 or more interest groups of their own choosing as a basis for writing short analyses that draw upon the concepts and theories of the course. Assignments are listed on the course outline and should be submitted to CTools on the day that they are due (150 points). Midterm Exam: A closed-book midterm exam will be given in class. It will consist of short-answer questions and will emphasize theoretical concepts and their application (200 points). Final Exam: A closed-book final exam will be administered in class. It will be a mix of short-answer and essay questions (200 points).

Intended Audience:

Students in Organizational Studies and Political Science with an interest in organizational politics

Class Format:

3 hours lecture

ORGSTUDY 425 - Interest Group Politics
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001 (LEC)
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31346
Open
20
10ORGSTUDY Majors
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MW 2:30PM - 4:00PM
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