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The United States Congress$
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Ross English

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780719063084

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: July 2012

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719063084.001.0001

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Congress, the media and interest groups

Congress, the media and interest groups

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The United States Congress

Ross M. English

Manchester University Press

This chapter discusses the media and interest groups, and their impact on Congress. It first studies the important role media play in the American political process, including the evolution of modern media and the conflict between providing serious news/information and providing entertainment. The chapter then turns to interest groups, which are groups of individuals or organisations that gather together to promote or defend their shared interests, and looks at the strategies these groups use to influence Congress, which are the outsider and insider strategies.

Keywords:   media, interest groups, modern media, entertainment v. information, shared interests, insider strategies, outsider strategies

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