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Special interests : how lobbyists influence legislation
Archer, Jules.
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Publication Information:
Brookfield, Conn. : Millbrook Press, [1997]

Physical Description:
144 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Describes the concept of lobbying, the history of its development, and the efforts of present-day lobbyists to influence state and federal legislators in such areas as tobacco, oil, and firearms.
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"Lucas-Evans book"--T.p. verso.
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Accelerated Reader AR UG 11.1 5.0 29011.
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JK1118 .A73 1997 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Why do lobbyists have so much power? Find out in this timely look at special interest groups, the controversy that surrounds them, and the role they play in influencing policy.

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Gr. 7-12. Archer enlivens what could have been a dull read with clear, concise writing, well-placed political cartoons, and intriguing examples of dirty politics from the birth of the U.S. to the present. After a brief definition and history of lobbyists, he examines special interest groups' efforts to influence Congress, the White House, and state legislatures. He is careful to deal with both the negative and positive aspects of lobbying, citing efforts by tobacco and alcohol lobbyists as well as by lobbyists associated with consumer organizations, conservation, and senior citizens. His examples are often illustrated with black-and-white political cartoons, which include captions clearly placing them in context and explaining obtuse references. In the final chapter, Archer calls for political reform. Sidebars are kept to a minimum, increasing readability, and the extensive footnotes and a bibliography citing many adult titles will serve as a great start for student research. (Reviewed December 15, 1997)0761300600Debbie Carton

School Library Journal Review

Gr 7-9‘Archer looks at the often unpleasant business of lobbying and its largely negative effects on our country's democratic processes. He begins with a definition of the practice and traces its history, and then discusses the operations, both past and current, of some of the most powerful interest groups. He concludes with a plan for reform. Although this is certainly a timely topic, numerous weaknesses limit this book's effectiveness. Organization within chapters is often poor. The narrative does not flow smoothly and many segments read as a series of disjointed accounts, with paragraphs about current problems and practices following those about historical events without transitions. A larger flaw is Archer's lack of objectivity. Although he makes some criticisms of Democrats and liberal groups, he reserves his strongest condemnations for the Republican-controlled Congress, whose ethical violations he cites frequently. He refers to the G.O.P.'s "Contract with America" as "ultraconservative legislation," and is also disparaging of virtually all business lobbying as well as the efforts of conservative groups such as the National Rifle Association. Another problem is the author's overuse of current examples, which will quickly date the book; today's ethical offenses will inevitably be replaced with new ones. Black-and-white reproductions of editorial cartoons are generally well chosen. Although this topic has received much media attention recently, this title adds little to the debate. Schools needing report materials about special interests and the democratic process will be better served by Cass Sandak's Lobbying (21st Century Bks., 1995).‘Mary Mueller, Rolla Junior High School, MO (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.