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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 groups and their roles change according to the group theyre participating in at the time We cannot assume that all people want the same political agenda even when they are exposed to the same information We are first individuals Truman uses our political parties as an example of this Interest groups have been around for a long time Some are loosely formed while others are highly organized In spite of such groups Americas political process remains strong Groups consistently reconcile their differences adjust and accept compromises Groups can exert power over other groups They often get their ideas and points across through the political process Groups can be well known and respected or considered controversial There are three major factors that play a role in how effective a group uses government to spread its cause First it depends greatly on how that group is received in society 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
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