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Read Chapters 1-3 in the text Organized Interests and American Government.
Representation of Interests Matrix
Create a table with two columns. In the first column, list individual interests you have that are affected by public policy decisions made by local, state, and federal government. These interests can be professional, economic, and/or social in nature. In the second column, draft a corresponding list of the groups or organizations that represent your individual interests. For instance, various professional or trade unions may represent your occupational interests. A "consumer watchdog" group may represent your interest as a paying customer.
Once the table has been completed, write a 700-1050 word paper that addresses the following questions:
How well do the identified groups or organizations represent your interests?
What means do these groups or organizations use to represent your interests?
Are there any instances in which your interests compete with one and another?
Are any of your interests protected at the expense of the general public?