Lobbying and Policy Change: Who Wins, Who Loses, and Why
University of Chicago Press, Aug 1, 2009 - Political Science - 336 pages
During the 2008 election season, politicians from both sides of the aisle promised to rid government of lobbyists’ undue influence. For the authors of Lobbying and Policy Change, the most extensive study ever done on the topic, these promises ring hollow—not because politicians fail to keep them but because lobbies are far less influential than political rhetoric suggests.
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This is a necessary read for any student of lobbying and interest groups. The magnitude of this study is remarkable and its findings are difficult to argue against. It will probably become a required text for classes on interest groups and for many public policy classes. So if you are someone who is hungry for an evidenced based account of how lobbying works in Washington, then read Lobbying and Policy Change.
Chapter 2 Incrementalism and the Status Quo
Chapter 3 Structure or Chaos?
Chapter 4 Opposition and Obstacles
Chapter 5 Partisanship and Elections
Chapter 6 Strategic Choices
Chapter 7 Arguments
Chapter 8 Tactics