Mobilizing Interest Groups in America

Patrons, Professions, and Social Movements
Jack L. Walker
A major study of interest groups in America


In this major new study of interest groups in America, Jack L. Walker, Jr., introduces a new theory of interest group formation that will supplant existing ways of thinking about collective action in this context. Using the results of two national surveys of all membership associations operating in the nation's capital in 1980 and 1985, Walker focuses on the modes by which social groups develop the organizational structures necessary to represent themselves effectively in Washington. He reveals that despite efforts to balance these various voices, some groups wield tremendous influence while others possess virtually none.

Praise / Awards

  • ". . . both substantively and methodologically exemplary. . . . [It] provides a solid empirical basis for a more grounded theory in the demography and ecology of the American interest group system."
    Contemporary Sociology

Product Details

  • 6 x 9.
  • 272pp.
  • tables, figures.
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  • Paper
  • 1991
  • Available
  • 978-0-472-08164-6

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  • $30.95 U.S.