A comprehensive presentation of the way lobbying and interest-based political activism works in the United States.
Lobbying in America: A Reference Handbook offers readers an insightful survey of interest group politics in the United States—the strategies, techniques, and impact both positive and negative. Written by one of the nation’s premier scholars on the subject, it reveals the inner workings of the lobbying process like no other volume before it.
Lobbying in America traces the growth of interest groups from the nation’s infancy to the present. The book examines a range of related issues and controversies, including infamous scandals, attempts to regulate lobbying, and the overriding constitutional question of whether limiting money in politics is an infringement of free speech. Comparisons to lobbying systems in other countries as well as listings of key organizations and an extensive bibliography round out a volume that could not be more timely.
- Biographical sketches of key figures in American lobbying past and present
- A chronology of the major events related to lobbying in American politics, ranging from colonial times to the 21st century
- Offers an up-to-date examination of lobbying in the United States by one of the subject’s foremost authorities
- Gives students a framework for developing their own understanding of how lobbying enhances or degrades democracy
- Includes links to key websites for additional information on significant interest groups and the organizations that monitor them
"Lobbying in America joins others in the 'Contemporary World Issues' series and offers an authoritative guide to the entire political lobbying process in this country, from reviews of the ideas and approaches to chronologies of events, directories of agencies and lobbying groups, biographies of lobbyists, and more. The entire history of the growth of interest groups receives in-depth attention in this excellent, key survey recommended for high school and college-level holdings strong in American politics."
"Hrebenar (political science, University of Utah) and a law student describes the nature of interest groups and lobbying in the United States, analyze current debates about the impact of lobbying on election campaigns and public policy development, and compare American interest group patterns to those of other nations. The reference handbook then
chronicles the history of interest groups in America, provides 44 brief biological sketches, reprints essays and legislation, and lists organizations, associations, books, journals, films, and internet sites for finding more information."
"This very informative reference handbook covers the background and history of lobbying and interest groups, the problems and controversies they face, and possible solutions. Hrebenar (Univ. of Utah) and Morgan (law student, Harvard) also present a worldwide perspective on lobbying. They offer a well-written chronology that covers interest group politics and lobbying from 1763 to the present, and biographical sketches featuring major scholars, commentators, interest group founders and leaders, and lobbyists . . . The book includes a section of classical writings that give a good historical perspective. It also addresses attempts made by Congress to regulate lobbying activities through hearings, legislation, and other official means. A directory of organizations, associations, and agencies is featured, along with a selective bibliography of print and electronic resources related to interest groups, campaign finance, and lobbying. Laid out in a simple, clean manner with concise entries, this work nicely summarizes lobbying and interest group politics in a single, readable volume. Glossary included. Summing Up: Recommended. Lower-level undergraduates through faculty/researchers; general readers."
"Lobbying in America, a new addition to the Contemporary World Issues series by ABC-CLIO, provides a great introduction to the topic. . . . this is a hot topic and the book is sure to be used. Suitable for high school students through undergraduates, this is a welcome source for media centers as well as public and academic libraries."