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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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Who Sings in the Heavenly Chorus? The Shape of the Organized Interest System

Who Sings in the Heavenly Chorus? The Shape of the Organized Interest System

(p.312) 11 Who Sings in the Heavenly Chorus? The Shape of the Organized Interest System
The Unheavenly Chorus

Kay Lehman Schlozman

Sidney Verba

Henry E. Brady

Princeton University Press

This chapter uses systematic data collected for the Washington Representatives Study to inquire into the kinds of interests that are represented by organizations in national politics and the extent to which that configuration approximates equality of political voice. The survey presented here has made clear that, for all the variety in the interests represented by organizations in Washington, the pressure system is far from universal. Many constituencies with a seeming interest in federal policies have no organization of their own. What is more, both the free rider problem and the resource constraint problem here imply that organized interest representation in Washington is riddled with everyday inequalities.

Keywords:   organized interests, organized interest system, national politics, pressure politics, pressure system, free rider problem, resource constraint, organized interest representation

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