Interest Groups

What Do We Know about Astroturfing?

John Sides Sep 16 '11

A Monkey Cage reader writes:

bq. My question is how many organizations are there that are “astroturfing“? How do you distinguish between a legitimate group and an astroturf one? I didn’t find anything primarily about this topic when I searched the website and I’ve been wanting to hear more about this since reading Theda Skocpol’s Diminished Democracy.

My own searching didn’t turn up much either.  Do readers have suggestions?