The Washington Lobbyists

The Washington Lobbyists

The Washington Lobbyists

The Washington Lobbyists

Excerpt

Although the academic literature is replete with studies of pressure groups in politics, very little has been written about lobbyists as a special political skill group. Because lobbyists are important links between organized interests and government, it is important to know something about them. Careful examination of the roles of lobbyists may also enhance understanding of the process by which groups participate in the making of public policy.

Following the introduction of this study in Part One, Part Two will focus on lobbyists as persons and on their roles as political actors. Part Three will examine the communication process by which the policy desires of groups are fed into the governmental decision process. Part Four will apply certain findings to some of the problems of the role of lobbying in American democracy.

Data for this study were gathered primarily through lengthy personal interviews with a random sample of Washington lobbyists. These were supplemented by interviews with persons in Congress who are the customary recipients of lobbying--congressmen and congressional staff members. The interviewing occupied the better part of a year of research at The Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C.

This book is essentially a research report, and, as such, it is primarily addressed to professional political scientists, though college students of social science and general readers curious about government and politics have been addressed as well--thus, academicians may regret the exclusion of full reports of statistical tests and levels of significance in the interest of readability.

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