The Special Interest Group Phenomenon: A Study of Their Vitality and Their Implications
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If you are not a current K College student, faculty, or staff member, email email@example.com to request access to this SIP.The life of American politics has changed in the past thirty years. The special interest group sector must take a good portion of the credit. Their number, power, and level of activity has grown so much that they have become the target of criticism. The call has been to rid the government of these special interest groups. In reality, however, the groups are inherent in democracy. They are protected by the constitutional right to petition Congress and for good reason. The original intention of the founding fathers when that right was admitted was to allow the public to address Congress with their grievances. Today, the nature of addressing Congress has changed due to the interest group phenomenon. The word phenomenon is used appropriately here for no other word can accurately describe what has happened in the political arena. Assuredly, an invasion into the old way of doing politics will create some problems. Some argue the problems they have created are more than the good produced. Whether or not this is true remains to be seen, but one must address the fact that their vitality is strong. With this in mind, it becomes important to attack the problems created by them and deliberate over reform.