What is the pluralist view of the American political system?

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The pluralist view of the American political system is a very optimistic view that believes that the people have a good chance of having their voices heard in the political process.  The pluralist view has three important aspects:

  1. Interest groups are easy to create.  Any group that cares about an issue can form an interest group.
  2. There are many opportunities for interest groups to influence government.  Government is not very centralized and so there are plenty of chances for the interest groups to come in contact with people who have a role in making policy.
  3. Because of 1 and 2, interest groups help to make the American political process more democratic.

This view also assumes that interest groups made up of rich people do not have any inherent advantages over those that are not.

Thus, the pluralist view of the American system is very optimistic and positive.


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