Week 5 Discussion Option 1
The Influence of Interest Groups – Please respond to the following:
- Identify a recent policy debate (besides gun control) from the past 6 months. Research which interest groups participated in this policy. Do you think they had too much influence on the policy, the right amount, or not enough?
Week 5 Discussion Option 2
Are interest groups seeking to corrupt the political process? – Please respond to the following:
- How do tightly organized, single interest groups differ from broadly based interest groups? For example, how should a Congressman react when confronted by a single interest group in his district that has a substantial voting bloc and includes millions of dollars in campaign contributions as opposed to focusing on the broad welfare of citizens (example – NRA vs. groups for gun control).