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Book Review The Rauch Review In the book Governments End Jonathon Rauch paints a dark picture of the American political system He says most all people in todays society belong to an interest group one way or another But the fact is that seven out of ten Americans belong to at least one association Rauch Rauch writes that the system is being saturated by thousands of interests groups which is making government gridlock in where nothing is getting done There have been many would be reformers that have hit the system with there new broad policies and have failed according to Rauch These people include President Bill Clinton Newt Gringrich and David Stockman just to name a few There policies were brought to a screeching halt because of certain groups that have vested interests that they are trying to protect Rauch does not argue for one or even the cause of interest groups Rauch agrees not all interests groups are bad but they all are the same and all have the same affect on gover nment The main point of this book is that sooner or later every group becomes a pressure group at least on some and some of the time After all if you have a rifle why not hunt And if you have a membership list and a staff and a budget why not lobby Rauch Rauch says that times have changed for special interests groups In the past special interests groups were usually just the wealthy and well connected Though in the 21st century it seems anybody can start up an interest group with over a 100 supporters with the right technological tools Rauchs sites on how interest groups get started in the first place with the chapter Mr Olsons Planet Rauch derives his theory from Mancur Olson a long time economist who wrote many works on how groups form in society According to Olsons law groups can
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