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date: 25 January 2020

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This article explores the core findings and trends within the patchy scholarship that links presidents, lobbying, and interest groups, and then suggests ways for scholars to construct a fuller understanding of the complex and often hidden relationships between the executive and organized interests. Within the political science literature, at least three major perspectives shape analyses of linkages between the presidency and organized interests. There is both a dearth of theory building on relationships between the presidency and organized interests, and a striking lack of information on these linkages, especially the traditional outside-in group activities. The institutions of the presidency and of organized interests represent two elephants, in reasonably close proximity.

Keywords: presidency, American president, lobbying, interest groups, organized interests, executive

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