The term interest group refers to virtually any voluntary association that seeks to publicly promote and create advantages for its cause.
Organization of Interest Groups
Interest groups can come in varied forms and organize under different methods.
The Characteristics of Members
Membership interests represent individuals for social, business, labor, or charitable purposes to achieve political goals.
The Constitutional Right to Petition the Government
In the United States, the right to petition is guaranteed by the First Amendment to the national Constitution.
Why Interest Groups Form
Members comprising interest groups join for solidarity, material, or purposive incentives.
The Function of Interest Groups
An advocacy group is a group or an organization that tries to influence the government but does not hold power in the government.
Interest Groups versus Political Parties
Advocacy groups exert influence on political parties, mostly through campaign finance.