Interest Groups in American Campaigns: The New Face of Electioneering

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Interest Groups in American Campaigns is the book it focus on this topic of growing significance. Drawing on their extensive exercise in this area as well as interviews with interest group leaders, campaign finance filings, and data from exit polls and election surveys. The authors focus on the role of interest groups in elections of all kinds -- presidential, congressional, gubernatorial, and local.The authors outline the unique characteristics of American elections that allow interest groups to play such an important part. For example, the weakening of political parties and their lack of grass-roots impact have allowed interest groups to fill an important void in mobilizing citizens and giving them the skills they need to participate in politics.Also considered are possible reforms as the role and power of interest groups in shaping policy after the election is decided.

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Mark J. Rozell is professor of public policy and director of the Master of Public Policy program at George Mason University. He is the author of nine books, including, most recently, Power and Prudence: The Presidency of George H.W. Bush (with Ryan Barilleaux) and Executive Privilege: Presidential Power, Secrecy, and Accountability, 2nd Edition, Revised.


Clyde Wilcox is professor of political science at Georgetown University and has published seventeen books. He is the author, coauthor, editor, or coeditor of more than 20 books on campaign finance, religion and politics, gender politics, and other topics.


David Madland is a doctoral student in political science at Georgetown University. He has wide-ranging, firsthand experience with a number of interest groups. He has worked as an aide to a member of Congress, been employed by several interest groups, and runs his own political consulting firm.


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