This chapter sets the stage for the remainder of the book by examining the types of political organizations most likely to mobilize individual citizens concerned about job insecurity, healthcare costs, retirement insecurity, and college costs. Part of this discussion involves identifying the types of barriers that must be overcome when forming such organizations. Another part involves identifying examples of organizations (including interest groups, parties, and campaigns) that are most likely to overcome them. This latter part of the discussion is situated historically, showing how the types of organizations most likely to mobilize people facing material concerns have changed over time. The chapter also describes how these groups seek to engage individual citizens in the cause, including depending upon them to devote time and money.
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