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Developing interests : organizational change and the politics of advocacy / McGee Young.

By: Young, McGee.
Material type: TextTextSeries: Studies in government and public policy: Publisher: Lawrence : University Press of Kansas, c2010Description: xvi, 211 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.ISBN: 9780700617036 (cloth : alk. paper); 0700617035 (cloth : alk. paper); 9780700617043 (pbk. : alk. paper); 0700617043 (pbk. : alk. paper).Subject(s): Pressure groups -- United States | Pressure groups -- United States -- Case studies | Lobbying -- United States | Lobbying -- United States -- Case studies | Business and politics -- United States | Small business -- United States | Businesspeople -- Political activity -- United States | Environmentalism -- United States | Environmental protection -- United States -- Societies, etcDDC classification: 322.4/30973
Contents:
The logic of interest group development -- The rise of small business associations -- Declining fortunes of small business -- Organizational transformation and the rebirth of small business -- Origins of the Sierra Club and the Natural Resources Defense Council -- Surviving the tension between institutional change and organizational development -- The trappings of modern environmentalism -- Interest groups, case studies, public policy, and political theory.
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Includes bibliographical references and index.

The logic of interest group development -- The rise of small business associations -- Declining fortunes of small business -- Organizational transformation and the rebirth of small business -- Origins of the Sierra Club and the Natural Resources Defense Council -- Surviving the tension between institutional change and organizational development -- The trappings of modern environmentalism -- Interest groups, case studies, public policy, and political theory.

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Young (Marquette Univ.) uses social theory to analyze the development of four groups, two of which promote business interests and two of which support environmental interests. The business groups are the National Small Business Association, which originally promoted the interests of small manufacturers, and the National Federation of Independent Business, which initially represented small retailers. The environmental groups are the Sierra Club, which began as a hiking club interested in creating public parkland in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, and the Natural Resources Defense Council, which began as a freestanding environmental law firm. Young relies upon an entrepreneurial explanation for the creation of these groups. He argues that once created, path dependency explains their subsequent development. He provides a detailed account of how these interest groups responded to the changing political environment and why it was so hard for them to modify their original mission to take advantage of new opportunities. The book is a well-written illustration of how interest group theory can be used to explain the influence of groups on public policy. Summing Up: Recommended. General readers through research faculty. A. D. McNitt Eastern Illinois University

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