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The Unheavenly ChorusUnequal Political Voice and the Broken Promise of American Democracy$
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Kay Lehman Schlozman, Sidney Verba, and Henry E. Brady

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780691154848

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691154848.001.0001

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Political Voice through Organized Interests: Introductory Matters

Political Voice through Organized Interests: Introductory Matters

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(p.265) 10 Political Voice through Organized Interests: Introductory Matters
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The Unheavenly Chorus
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Kay Lehman Schlozman

Sidney Verba

Henry E. Brady

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Princeton University Press
DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691154848.003.0010

This chapter considers several matters that complicate the understanding of inequalities of political voice through organized interests. It first differentiates between, on the one hand, the view of organized interest influence that emerges from the periodic scandals involving the use of illicit cash and favors to buy policy benefits from public officials and, on the other, the ordinary, and completely legal, inequalities intrinsic to organized interest politics. The chapter also discusses the multiple factors that make it even more difficult than it is for individual input to identify in practice when a circumstance of equal political voice has been achieved for organized interest input. Finally, a large section of this chapter is devoted to considering whether organized interest activity can make a difference for political outcomes.

Keywords:   organized interests, organized interest influence, policy benefits, organized interest politics, organized interest activity, political outcomes, political voice, inequalities

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