Lobbying together interest group coalitions in legislative politics american government and public policy kevin w hula on amazoncom free shipping on qualifying offers today organized interests fight most of their major battles within coalitions whether joining forces to address tobacco legislation or proposed air safety regulations. Interest group politics are often characterized by whether the groups have access to decision makers and can participate in the policy making process the iron triangle is a hypothetical arrangement among three elements the corners of the triangle an interest group a congressional committee member or chair and an agency within the bureaucracy. The term lobbying comes from the way interest groups played the inside game in the nineteenth century many members of congress and other government officials would gather and eat together at the willard hotel in washington dc. According to political scientists jeffrey berry and clyde wilcox interest groups provide a means of representing people and serve as a link between them and government 10 interest groups also allow people to actively work on an issue in an effort to influence public policy another function of interest groups is to help educate the public. This example highlights the role lobbying coalitions can play in european union eu legislative politics and demonstrates that interest groups may exert considerable influ ence when acting in a coalition coalition formation is mentioned by both practitioners and academics as one of the most effective strategies to influence policy outcomes
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