The Governmental Process Interest Groups David B. Truman Information and ideas about Interest Groups

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The Governmental Process Interest Groups David B. Truman Interest groups are characterized by shared attitudes. This allows such groups "frames of reference for interpreting and evaluating events and behaviors." Some interest groups feel neglected by government. At the same time, there is a concern that too much emphasis on interest groups takes away attention and focus from the individual and society as a whole. Individuals do not always function alone. They are part of multiple …

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…Is it respected? Are there government officials who "belong" to the group? A second factor involves the cohesiveness of the group. Is there sound leadership? Does the group have financial backing? A final factor is the actual operation of government agencies themselves. Because we, as humans, function in groups the governmental process can be "viewed as one of interest groups interaction." These groups will not disappear and will continue to shape American government and policy.