Social Studies - 2017-18

GOVT.9f - Incentives of Individuals, Interest Groups, and the Media

The student will apply social science skills to understand the process by which public policy is made by 

f) analyzing how the incentives of individuals, interest groups, and the media influence public policy; 

Adopted: 2015

BIG IDEAS

UNDERSTANDING THE STANDARD

Individuals, interest groups, and the media influence public policy. 

ESSENTIALS

Ways individuals influence public policy 

 Participating in politics (e.g., voting, campaigning) 

 Expressing opinions (e.g., lobbying, demonstrating, writing letters) 

 Joining interest groups Ways interest groups influence public policy 

 Identifying issues 

 Making political contributions 

 Lobbying government officials 


Ways the media influence public opinion 

 Giving selective attention to issues 

 Shaping attitudes and beliefs 

 Providing information to policymakers 


Types of interest groups 

 Economic 

 Public 

 Government 

 Religious 

 Civil rights 

 Ideological 

 Single issue 

KEY VOCABULARY

Updated: May 17, 2017