I shall post videos, graphs, news stories, and other material. We shall use some of this material in class, and you may review the rest at your convenience. You will all receive invitations to post to the blog. I encourage you to use the blog in these ways:

· To post questions or comments;

· To follow up on class discussions;

· To post relevant news items or videos.

There are only two major limitations: no coarse language, and no derogatory comments about people at the Claremont Colleges.

The syllabus is at http://www1.cmc.edu/pages/faculty/JPitney/gov106-fall15.html


Thursday, September 3, 2015

The Expanding Universe of Interest Groups

Lester Freamon explains how to research interest groups.

Holyoke talks about a rise in the number of national associations. Check data from the Statistical Abstract of the United States (below).

1980 14,726
1990 22,289
1995 22,663
2000 21,840
2010 23,983

You might see something similar with political action committees (PACs).

Note, however, that data on business enterprises have a different pattern.

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