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From Scott McClurg (

As a (half-time) political scientist, I think that most of them would say that the shutdown is a "interest group" story.  In particular, it has to do with the ability of what some people call the "extended party network," which includes may important groups such fundraisers.  Here are some relevant papers/arguments:



Scott D. McClurg
Professor of Journalism, Political Science, and Sociology
PN-L Moderator
Department of Political Science
Southern Illinois University
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