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Interest Groups

Review Questions

The Pros and Cons of Interest Groups

Interest Groups Quiz

1. What are the basic types of interest groups?

The basic types of interest groups are economic groups (including business groups, labor groups, agricultural groups, and professional associations) and noneconomic groups (including public interest groups, single-issue groups, and ideological groups).

2. What is lobbying?

Lobbying refers to an interest group’s effort to persuade government officials through personal contact.

3. What is a free rider? Why do free riders create problems?

Free riders are people who benefit from the work of an interest group without actually contributing to the group’s efforts. Many people do not feel the need to help interest groups—particularly noneconomic interest groups—when they know that they will benefit from the group’s activities regardless of their input.

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