2013-2015 Undergraduate Catalog

PLS 322 Interest Groups in American Society

Studies the origins, organizations, opportunities, tactics of interest groups (pressure groups) and an assessment of the legitimacy of their role in democratic and quasi-democratic politics. Investigates problems connected with the existing incentive to join groups, the iron law of oligarchy, access points to government decision-making functions to private interest pressure groups. Prerequisite: PLS 100 or permission of instructor.