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).
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.