Interest Groups Role In American Politics Paper

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Research PaperYou will have to write a research paper on one of the following five topics:

  1. Write a paper in which you discuss the role interest groups play in the American political system and how they attempt to shape public policy. After that, select a specific national piece of legislation during the Obama administration and identify two groups in favor of the legislation and two groups opposed to the legislation. Explain how the groups attempted to influence the passage or defeat of the legislation.
  2. Write a paper in which you discuss the role of the president as chief legislator. Why is there conflict between Congress and the president while the president is performing the role of chief legislator? Select a specific instance of public policy conflict between Congress and President Obama and explain the reasons for the conflict.
  3. In the United States, we use the winner-take-all electoral system in electoral districts for Congress. Write a paper in which you discuss the winner-take-all system and the proportional system of representation. For the proportional system, you should select a country that use the proportional system and briefly explain how it works in that country. Should the American winner-take-all system be abolished and replaced with a proportional system of representation? If yes, why? If no, why not? Do not discuss the presidential election process. Do not discuss the Electoral College. Focus on congressional (U.S. House) districts.
  4. Over the years the balance of power between the nation and the states has shifted. Write a paper in which you briefly discuss (in one or two paragraphs) how the Framers of the Constitution arranged government power between that nation and the states. After that, discuss two periods in American history that impacted on the balance of power between the national government and the states. Within those two periods, specify what lead to the shift in power. Explain how power shifted between the national government and the states and identify the level of government that gained the power. Identify the power that was gained. Do not discuss the period of transition from the Articles of Confederation to the Constitution. Discuss periods after ratification of the 1787 Constitution.
  5. Compare and contrast the roles of the Legislative, Executive and Judicial branches with regard to one of the following current issues: 1) Immigration; OR 2) Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual, Transgender (LGBT); OR 3) Digital Privacy.

Research Paper Part 1 (50 Points)

Research Paper Part 1 Requirements

  • Write an introductory paragraph in at least 200 words.
    • Introduction should include a specific thesis statement in the end.
  • Write a detailed outline in the APA writing format.
  • Write an APA format annotated bibliography with at least five (5) peer-reviewed, academic sources.
    • Each annotation should be in at least 100 words.

Research Paper Part 2 (50 Points)

Research Paper Part 2 Requirements

  • Write a complete research paper in at least 1500 words, excluding the title page, the abstract page, and the reference page(s).
  • Follow the APA writing format throughout the paper, including for in-text citations and references.
  • Use at least ten (10) sources,
    • At least six (6) of the sources should be peer-reviewed, academic.

Tutor Answer

lopesamills
School: University of Virginia

please find the outline, annotatted bibliography, and the main paper. I will be available of you have any question or even more work. Cheers

Running Head: INTEREST GROUPS IN THE UNITED STATES

An outline on the roles of interest groups in the United States
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ROLE OF INTEREST GROUPS IN THE UNITED STATES

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1. Introduction
The paper will discuss the roles of interest groups to the Americans. It would thus give a brief
history of these groups and their continuing influence in policy making. The roles played by
these groups will also be discussed so that what they do can be understood in a unique manner.
The paper will also highlight how these groups are organized including where they get funding
from, how they acquire members, and how they influence people and government in policy
making. Finally, an example of how they influenced passing of the Innovation and
Competitiveness Act will be discussed. From the assignment, it will be understood that interest
groups play a crucial role in shaping public policy by understanding what each legislation means
and its possible effects.
2. Role of various interest groups in the American political system
a) Representing constituents
b) Creating methods of political participation to citizens
c) Educating the public
d) Coming up with agenda
e) Serving as a government watchdog
3. Types of interest groups
a) Business interest groups
b) Labor unions
c) Professional associations
d) Intergovernmental groups
e) Public interest groups

ROLE OF INTEREST GROUPS IN THE UNITED STATES

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4. How do interest groups try to shape public policy?
a) Lobbying government
b) Engaging in election activities
c) Educating various publics
d) And mobilizing them especially through grassroots activities.
5. The Innovation and Competitiveness Act and two groups that were in favor and two
which opposed.
a) Interest groups supporting the Act
i.

The business interest group professional associations

ii.

The medical association

b) Interest groups against the Act
i.

TechFreedom

ii.

Centre for Democracy and Technology

6. How the interest groups attempt to influence the passage or defeat of the legislation
a) Sending representatives to put pressure on members of Congress and other policymakers
b) Creating public debates about lobbying
c) Supporting campaigns in social media
d) Demonstrations

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References
Annenberg Foundation. (2017). 14. Interest Groups: Organizing to Influence, Topic Overview.
Retrievedfrom:https://www.learner.org/courses/democracyinamerica/dia_14/dia_14_topi
c.html

Castro, V. (2017). The Journey of the American Innovation and Competitiveness Act
Demonstrates Conflicting Opinions on the Role of Government-Funded Basic Research.
Retrieved from; https://austinscienceadvocates.wordpress.com/2017/03/08/the-journeyof-the-american-innovativeness-and-competitiveness-act-demonstrates-conflictingopinions-on-the-role-of-government-funded-basic-research/

DÜR, A. (2018). How interest groups influence public opinion: Arguments matter more than the
sources. European Journal Of Political Research. doi: 10.1111/1475-6765.12298

Franz, M. (2017). Considering the expanding role of interest groups in American presidential
elections. Interest Groups & Advocacy, 6(1), 112-120. doi: 10.1057/s41309-017-0014-0

Hays, A. (2017). U.S. GOVERNMENT > Introduction to the U.S. System > Guiding Principles
>Democracy Papers. Retrieved from https://web-archive2017.ait.org.tw/infousa/zhtw/DOCS/Demopaper/dmpaper9.html

Hrebenar, R. (1997). Interest group politics in America. Armonk, NY: M.E. Sharpe.

https://www.aip.org/fyi/2016/surprise-move-house-sends-america-competes-act-successorpresident

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McFarland, A. S. (2018). Interest groups and the policymaking process: Sources of countervailing
power in America. In The politics of interests (pp. 58-79). Routledge.

Special interest society, (2014). How membership-based organizations shape America. Choice
Reviews Online, 51(06), 51-3551-51-3551. doi: 10.5860/choice.51-3551

Zywicki, T. (2002). Baptists? The Political Economy of Political Environmental Interest
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