Policymakers & Interest Groups

By Levi Clancy for Student Reader on
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Interest groups attempt to affect policy by organizing people with common interests and communicating views to policymakers. Policymakers listen to public and private interest groups because policymakers need:

  1. money for campaign contributions;

  2. manpower for stuffing envelopes, putting up lawn-signs, etc;

  3. information, such as details on parts per million of pollutants in air.

Information plays an especially important role. Interest groups tend to focus all of their energy on a single topic, and are usually very knowledgeable about a specific area of interest.