Interest Groups

Learning Objectives

By the end of this section, you will be able to:

  • Explain how interest groups differ from political parties
  • Evaluate the different types of interests and what they do
  • Compare public and private interest groups
  • Describe how interest groups influence the government through elections
  • Explain how interest groups influence the government through the governance processes
  • Identify the various court cases, policies, and laws that outline what interest groups can and cannot do
  • Evaluate the arguments for and against whether contributions are a form of freedom of speech
  • Understand why interest groups are particularly strong in Texas
  • Understand the relative strength of various interest groups in Texas