Interest Group Politics (3)
Course Level: Undergraduate
Students are introduced to central concepts of interest group politics to prepare for effective citizenship whether as an interested voter, professional lobbyist, elected official, or political consultant. The course examines why individuals organize to influence governmental policies, the variety of interests represented, and the range and effectiveness of strategies employed. It focuses on the effects of individual preferences, governmental structure, and the political environment on group strategies and governmental response. Usually offered every term. Prerequisite: GOVT-110, and minimum 2.5 GPA.