How can a small special interest group win in a situation of majority voting when the benefits it seeks flow only to a small group?
By lobbying and influencing candidates
An organization with members who have an interest in a specific area comes together and cooperates to influence policies in their area of interest.
A small special interest group may be able to succeed and influence policies in their favor even in majority voting. They are able to do so because their bargaining power is greater than individuals, and these individuals often choose to remain uninformed because hig cost of gaining knowledge. The cost is spread over all members in the country, people do not oppose these policies because of rational ignorance.
Occupy Wall Street was a national (and later
global) organized protest against the greed, bank profits, and financial corruption that led to the recession. The group popularized slogans like “We are the ,” meaning it represented the majority against
the wealth of the top . Does the fact that the protests had little to no effect on legislative changes support or contradict the chapter?
Anastasia, Emma, and Greta are deciding what to do on a weekend getaway. They each suggest a first, second, and third choice and then vote on the options. Table 18.2 shows their first, second, and third choice preferences. Explain why they will have a hard time reaching a decision. Does the group prefer mountain biking to canoeing? What about canoeing compared to the beach? What about the beach compared to the original choice of mountain biking?
|First choice||Beach||Mountain biking||Canoeing|
|Second choice||Mountain biking||Canoeing||Beach|
|Third choice||Canoeing||Beach||Mountain biking|
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