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Author Reynolds, Marcie (Marcie L.), author.

Title Interest group design : the foundation and evolution of Common Cause / Marcie L. Reynolds
Published New York, NY : Routledge, 2019


Description 1 online resource
Series Routledge research in American politics and governance ; 25
Routledge research in American politics and governance ; 25.
Contents Gardner's influence : rules of the game (1970 to 1995) -- Crises : the game changes (mid-1990s to 2007) -- Renewal : playing by new rules (2007-2015) -- Pockets of revitalization : Illinois and Texas comparison -- Commitment to campaign finance reform -- Representing a public interest
Summary "In Interest Group Design, Marcie L. Reynolds examines the evolution of Common Cause, the first national government reform lobby. Founded in 1970 by John W. Gardner, the organization gained influence with Congress and established an organizational culture that lasted several decades. External and internal environmental changes led to mounting crises and by 2000 Common Cause's survival was in question. Yet fifteen years later Common Cause is a renewed organization, with evidence of revival across the United States. Empirical evidence suggests how Common Cause changed its interest group design but kept its identity in order to survive. Utilizing a mixed-methods approach to frame and analyze the history of Common Cause, Reynolds provides a lens for studying how key aspects of the U.S. political system -- interest groups, collective action, lobbying, and representation -- work as environments change. She extends work by previous scholars Andrew S. McFarland (1984) and Lawrence Rothenberg (1992) creating a sequence of analytical research about one interest group spanning almost fifty years, a unique contribution to political science. This thoroughly researched and comprehensive book will be of great interest to those who study political participation and organizational change"-- Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Marcie L. Reynolds is a faculty member at Tarleton State University, Texas. Her research interests and community service center around civic engagement and increasing citizens' understanding of, and involvement with, the governing structures that surround them
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SUBJECT Gardner, John W. (John William), 1912-2002.
Gardner, John W. (John William), 1912-2002. fast (OCoLC)fst01440360
Subject Common Cause (U.S.) -- History
SUBJECT Common Cause (U.S.) fast (OCoLC)fst00528776
Subject Public interest groups -- United States
Public interest lobbying -- United States
Political participation -- United States
POLITICAL SCIENCE -- Political Process -- Elections.
POLITICAL SCIENCE -- Political Process -- General.
POLITICAL SCIENCE -- International Relations -- General.
Political participation.
Politics and government.
Public interest groups.
Public interest lobbying.
SUBJECT United States -- Politics and government -- 20th century.
United States -- Politics and government -- 21st century
Subject United States.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2019015669
ISBN 9781000004786