chapter  11
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Conclusion Representation in the Interest Group Age

ByThomas T. Holyoke

This conclusion presents some closing thoughts on the key concepts discussed in this book. The book discusses that the formation of interest groups is guaranteed under the First Amendment to the US Constitution as part of the freedom to assemble. It argues that American society can be thought of as a large number of overlapping interests. The book provides data on the growth of interest groups and lobbyists in national politics. It talks about the number of ex-lawmakers in the lobbying industry and the huge salaries lobbyists earn also concern them. The book describes groups of citizens being mobilized by political entrepreneurs who argued convincingly that these citizens' interests were threatened by the policies of the governing elite. It highlights that the lobbyist wasn't representing their best interests probably only if the lobbyist told them. The book discourses lobbyists are under significant pressure to compromise member policy preferences as they negotiate deals with lawmakers and competing interest groups.