Current Controversies: The Political Elite and Special Interests, 1st Edition

  • Rachel Bozek
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  • ISBN-10: 153450107X
  • ISBN-13: 9781534501072
  • DDC: 322.4
  • Grade Level Range: 10th Grade - 12th Grade +
  • 224 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2018 | Published/Released March 2018
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2018

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There is a growing sense that government is no longer of the people, by the people, and for the people. Many believe that society is manipulated by a handful of political elites and special interests. But why does each party feel that it is the elites and special interests of the other party who are in control of things? Does “one person one vote” still hold sway? Is this still a citizen democracy, or has it evolved into an oligarchy? Whose voice and vote really count? These and other questions and debates concerning power, influence, and who wields it are at the center of this fascinating collection of articles drawn from across the political spectrum.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Other Frontmatter.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
Are Special Interest Groups Beneficial to Democracy?.
1: Overview: Interest Groups Are Multidimensional.
2: Strong Backing Often Equals Efficacy.
3: Unions Are Among the Few Groups Representing the Middle Class.
4: Special Interest Groups Do Influence Policy.
5: Lobbying Has the Potential to Undermine Democratic Ideals.
Are Widespread Perceptions of the Political Elite Fair?.
6: Overview: The Concept of Elitism is Nuanced and Complicated.
7: Political Elites Control Power Resources over the Masses.
8: Elites Are a Class, Not a Belief.
9: The Caricature of the Liberal Metropolitan Elite Is Inaccurate.
10: “Metropolitan Elite” is a Lazy Misnomer.
Do Special Interest Groups Keep the Political Elite in Check?.
11: Overview: Interest Groups and Elite Theories Explain the Driving Forces in Politics.
12: Several Categories of Special Interest Groups Contribute to the Shape of American Politics.
13: The Policy Preferences of Special Interests Must Align with Those of the General Public.
14: The Interests of the Wealthy Dominate the Political System.
15: Money is the Most Influential Factor in Elections.
Do Average Americans Have an Opportunity to Be Heard?.
16: Overview: The Average American vs. the Political Elites.
17: Efforts to Foster Change, However Small, Can Make a Difference.
18: Protest Can Rejuvenate Democracy.
19: Corporations Have Tremendous Global Influence.
20: Conservative Lawmakers Strive to Limit Protesters’ Rights.
Organizations to Contact.