Political Science 8 ABC

What are political parties more capable of doing than interest groups?

organizing people on a mass scale

A criticism of interest-group pluralism is:

its class bias in favor of those with greater financial resources

Which of the following is NOT a key organizational component of interest groups?

newsletter and Web site

If one enjoys the benefits of a group's collective efforts but did not contribute to those efforts, one is called a:

free rider

The free-rider phenomenon:

becomes increasingly problematic in very large groups

When membership in an organization allows for a reduction in the price of museum tickets, it is called a:

material benefit

What is the primary variable for predicting the likelihood of joining an interest group?

having a higher income and education

Which of the following groups would be considered part of the New Politics movement?

the Sierra Club

Which of the following is NOT a job regularly performed by lobbyists?

nominating a candidate to run for political office

Which of the following groups has had the greatest success with a strategy of litigation?

the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People

Which of the following Supreme Court cases illustrates the use of litigation by an interest group?

Webster v. Reproductive Health Services

A full page, fully paid spread in the New York Times publicizing a major oil company is best described as:

institutional advertising

What is the primary function of a political action committee?

to raise and distribute money to election campaigns

By 2012, there were approximately ______ PACs in the United States.


Which of the following statements about PACs is most accurate?

The number of ideological/public interest PACs has increased dramatically since 1980, while the number of labor PACs has remained essentially the same.

The best description of the ideal of pluralism is that

interests should be free to compete with each other for governmental influence

It is difficult for political scientists to categorize unrepresented interests because: