Tx Govt Ch 6 Quiz

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1

When interest groups employ lobbying officeholders to file suits in court, get their advocates appointed to state boards, testify before legislative committees, these are examples of

direct means of influencing government

2

Interest groups pursuing social equality and economic goals are classified as what type of group?

Mixed or hybrid organizations

3

An organization created by interest groups to promote common goals is identified as what type of organization?

Umbrella

4

A(n) __________ is an individual who benefits from the work of an interest group, but who does not participate in the collective actions that made the benefits possible

free rider

5

Interest groups will seek to build a positive public image by which of the following means?

All of the above are true

(Hiring public relations firms, Demonstrating good citizenship, & Print and broadcast advertisements)

6

Which of the following is not classified as a mixed interest group?

Public interest

7

Why is it that the current system of a part-time legislature is unlikely to change?

All of the above are true

(Current legislators have been successful under the current system, Lobbyists prefer the current system & The public is unlikely to support change)

8

Which of the following is not classified as a non-economic interest group?

Recreation

9

In the case of Caperton v. A.T. Massey the U.S. Supreme Court

began to set parameters for the most egregious examples of conflicts of interest

10

The ability to contact an official either in person or by phone is called

access

11

Research shows that the main element that determines the political power of a group is

how much public officials need the group

12

For generations, __________ has (have) characterized the relationship between major industries in Texas and the state's political leadership.

crony capitalism

13

The blurring of lines between the state and a special interest group is called

co-optation

14

___________ is the promotion of a particular public policy position.

Advocacy

15

Which of the following are least likely to subscribe to the Texas Register?

Ordinary citizens

16

Labor unions seek legislation for all of the following except

supporting the "right to work laws."

17

Governor Rick Perry hired lobbyist, __________, to protect the interest of the Texas Department of Transportation.

Robert Black

18

Which is the public's watchdog institution?

The media

19

Direct contact between an interest group representative and an officer of government is an example of

lobbying

20

Which is not an interest group activity?

Nominating candidates for office