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interest group

n.
A group of persons working on behalf of or strongly supporting a particular cause, such as an industry or an item of legislation.

in′terest group`


n.
a group of people drawn or acting together because of a common interest, concern, or purpose.
[1905–10]
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Noun1.interest group - (usually plural) a social group whose members control some field of activity and who have common aimsinterest group - (usually plural) a social group whose members control some field of activity and who have common aims; "the iron interests stepped up production"
plural, plural form - the form of a word that is used to denote more than one
social group - people sharing some social relation
special interest - an individual or group who are concerned with some particular part of the economy and who try to influence legislators or bureaucrats to act in their favor
vested interest - groups that seek to control a social system or activity from which they derive private benefit
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Our Interest Groups range from Art Appreciation to French Conversation, Walking to Singing and Dancing, Garden Visits to Theatre Outings and much more.
Early work in this area by authors such as Stigler (1971) and Peltzman (1976) focused on the role of interest groups in securing regulation beneficial to the regulated industry.
Interest groups partake in transnational negotiation conferences en masse.
Objective: "The project aims to examine interest groups participation in EU policymaking and to investigate a fundamental question regarding the EU interest representation system: under what conditions are interest groups policy demands integrated into the policymaking process and translated into policy outcomes?
Interest Groups and Lobbying: Pursuing Political Interests in America provides a college-level, in-depth exploration of interest group politics and lobbying and their role in political decisions, analyzing how interest groups lobby various branches of government and how they succeed or fail in their efforts.
In the architecture, the cloud migrate the Internet services on it, and divides the mobile users into different interest groups, as well as the complex tasks computing and managing, monitoring the states of the mobile users.
Several SAM Interest Groups will be meeting in Little Rock.
Several of AcademyHealth's Interest Groups conduct calls for abstracts for their respective annual meetings.
Less attention, however, has been given to both the effect that interest groups, broadly defined, have in the creation and implementation of judicial selection systems and the effect that these systems have on the strategies adopted by interest groups to accomplish their goals.
Regional interest groups and decision-making processes concerning coastal railways in Norrland during the twentieth century], Umea Studies in Economic History 28, University of Umea (2004), 262 pp.
With the exception of the summary conclusion, the remaining chapters address groups in the policy process, looking at ethnic group influence in foreign policy making, the shifting fortunes of the Japanese and China lobby groups, interest group participation in the Supreme Court nomination process, interest groups and the making of nanotechnology policy, the influence of the K-Street lobby groups during the Republican era, and other topics.
But Schweitzer did it without apology, whacking both the interest groups that advocate strict gun control and the corporate interests bent on destroying "the last, best place.