Although many people get frustrated by the influence of interest groups, the Founders intended citizens to have the right to petition the government. So what makes some groups successful while others never get started? Economist Mancur Olson provides an answer - successful groups offer people benefits that they couldn't get, otherwise (material, solidary, expressive benefits).
This lesson plan contains a game which shows why these selective benefits work for interest groups. Students are given the option to join a group in different situations. Which benefit is most likely to get them to join?
The .zip file contains the following:
-12 page lesson plan outlining Mancur Olson's theory as well as a thorough description of the game.
-An alternate activity in which students ARE the interest groups and design scripts to entice other students into joining their group.
-19 slide Power Point with description of Mancur Olsen's "Logic of Collective Action" and instructions for game
-3 student worksheets with 2 answer keys