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POLS 333: American Foreign Policy (Ziegler): Interest Groups & Public Opinion

Interest Groups

An interest group is essentially a group that advocates for some sort of common interest and promotes it in a way that seeks to influence government and policy in favor of the group's interests. 

Being aware of the agendas of interest groups as well as their ratings on politicians as well as candidates is important to understanding the powers that can influence elected officials' stances and votes. 

Congressional Votes

See how elected officials vote (particularly members of Congress) at the following links. This can help you tie together interest groups, votes, and see the influence of public opinion in American foreign policy.

Public Opinion Polls

Think Tanks

For an introduction and links to many think tanks and advocacy groups, please visit the Social Policy: Policy Analysis Research Guide.

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