People's Lobby by Elisabeth S. Clemens
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People's Lobby
By Elisabeth S. Clemens

The People's Lobby

Organizational Innovation and the Rise of Interest Group Politics in the United States, 1890-1925

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People's Lobby by Elisabeth S. Clemens

Book Awards

  • Winner of American Sociological Association - Organizations, Occupations and Work Section: Max Weber Award 1998.

Book Description

This study examines the social origins of interest group politics in the USA. Between 1890 and 1925, a system centred on elections and party organizations was partially transformed by increasingly prominent legislative and administrative policy-making, and by the insistent participation of nonpartisan organizations, including farmers, workers and women, who invented strategies to circumvent the parties. Voters learned how to monitor legislative processes, to hold their representives accountable at the polls, and to institutionalize their ongoing participation in shaping policy. The text analyzes organizational politics in three American states, California, Washington and Wisconsin, seeking to demonstrate how the political opportunity structure of federalism allowed regional innovations to exert leverage on national political institutions.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780226109930
ISBN-10: 0226109933
Format: Paperback
(226mm x 152mm x 27mm)
Pages: 468
Imprint: University of Chicago Press
Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Publish Date: 11-Sep-1997
Country of Publication: United States

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