Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs
Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Yackee offers course on interest groups

A new course on interest groups and their role in American government is offered this fall by La Follette School professor Susan Yackee. Offered through the Department of Political Science, the course will explore the formation and influence of U.S. interest groups.

The course will cover history; the collective action problem; issue networks; campaigns, parties and public opinion; political economy of expertise; lobbying and coalitions; and the process of influencing the president, courts, and bureaucracy.

"In addition to gaining knowledge about the academic research on interest groups, students will develop their writing and presentation skills," Yackee says. "Each will be asked to lead class discussion in addition to writing a series of short papers. The course ends with students giving research presentations of the type expected at academic conferences and in the job market."

The course, PS827 Interest Groups, meets Thursdays, 1:20-3:20 p.m. in North Hall room 422. Contact Yackee for information,