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POL 443 Week 3 Individual Assignment Special Interests Groups and Political Participation

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POL 443 Week 3 Individual Assignment – Special Interests Groups and Political Participation

Read Chapters 4-7 in the text Organized Interests and American Government.

Read Chapter 8 in the text Who’s Running America?

Special Interests Groups and Political Participation Paper

Select an instance in which you (or an acquaintance) have supported or participated in the activity of a special interest group.  In a 1050-1400 word paper, address the following questions:

What special interest did the group represent, and what were its primary demographic targets?

How did the group encourage members to participate in the democratic process?  Did you feel empowered by participation in this group?

How did the group educate its members, the public, and the government about its concerns or mission?

What, if any, impact did the group have on policy making?

Do you feel that the gains of the given special interest group were at the expense of the general public?