Role Of Interest Groups In Policy Making

While you agree that your patients deserve only the most ethical, respectful, and high-quality care from a nursing home, you are worried that the proposed policies would make your business unprofitable. You cannot continue to provide the quality care for which you are known if you cannot afford to comply with these policies, so you have a specific interest in this policy issue. How can you influence and educate the local public health officials to ensure that the spirit of the increased oversight is maintained, while the practical measures do not force you into bankruptcy? Whether an interest group consists of one stakeholder, as in this example, or a unified group of similarly minded stakeholders, the primary role of an interest group remains the same. Although interest groups cannot, themselves, set policy, they can work to influence those who do. Some of the more common tactics employed by interest groups include the following:

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