Once a social group succeeds in turning a condition or behavior into a social problem, it usually tries to persuade
the government (local, state, and/or federal) to take some action—spending and policymaking—to address
the problem. As part of this effort, it tries to convince the government that its claims about the problem are
legitimate—that they make sense and are supported by empirical (research-based) evidence. To the extent that
the group succeeds in convincing the government of the legitimacy of its claims, government action is that much
more likely to occur.