Who Speaks for the Poor
National Interest Groups and Social Policy
Routledge – 2010 – 278 pages
This book addresses the central question of how the interests of the poor gain representation in the political process by examining the interest group system.
"Hay's project provides much-needed insights into the configuration of organizations that testified on key pieces of legislation during a critical era in the history of American social welfare policy." -- Douglas R. Imig, University of Memphis, for the American Political Science Review
"This book should be mandatory reading for all advocates attempting to affect public policy on behalf of the poor.
Ralph Da Costa Nunez, Institute for Children and Poverty
Political Science Quarterly."
1. Introduction; 2. Interest Groups in American Politics; 3. Poverty and Political Action; 4. Interest Groups in Social Policy; 5. Interest Groups and the Policy Process; 6. Mobilizing the Poor
R. Allen Hays is professor of political science and Director of the Graduate Program in Public Policy at the University of Northern Iowa. He is the author of two previous books on public policy and housing interests.