POLS 1101 – Writing and Oral Assignment

POLS 1101 – Writing and Oral Assignment

  1. Pick one of the interest groups listed below.  You are free pick another group if you have a different choice. You must POST your selected choice under the Discussions section of your D2L class and under “Name Your IG Here.” No person may chose the same IG, so please choose as soon as possible.

  2. Go to that group’s web site.  Also, go to News Google and search for information on your group.  That will help you find what issues they’ve been involved in recently.  With this information, answer the following. Make sure you address each part of the question.

    1. What are the issues your group is concerned with?

    2. What are some examples of legislation your group supports or opposes?

    3. What actions does your group take to try to influence policy and the public agenda?  Give specific examples: (e.g. use of the media, law suits, direct lobbying, public information contributions, etc.)

    4. What is the group’s political ideology?  Does it favor one political party over the other?

    5. If so, does it have a history of supporting certain political candidates?  What is it doing to support their favored candidates?  Make the connection between their political ideology, the legislation they support, and the party they support. If you think your group is absolutely neutral, say so.  Many interest groups are neutral.

Assess your group:  How successful is your group?  What are its strengths and weaknesses?  How effective is it in achieving its agenda?  Back up what you say with at least one specific example demonstrating their effectiveness or lack thereof.



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