Interest Group Pluralism and Democratic Corporatism The U.S. Health Care Debate The role of interest groups in influencing government policy and/or public opinion is increasingly complex in western societies. As critics have noted, the organization of interest groups and the patterns by which they relate with government can differ significantly depending upon the nature of the state in question. This essay will compare and contrast two models of interest group organization – interest group pluralism and democratic corporatism – with particular reference to the debate over health care reform in the United States. As will be seen, the role of interest groups and their relationships with policymakers in the American system is an example of...The end:
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