Are Pressure Groups Coming More Important In Recent Years

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To what extent are pressure groups coming more important in recent years? Pressure Groups are organised groups of people who come together, with a common cause with the intention of influencing government policy and/or public opinion. They are a key part of modern democracies. Some examples include Greenpeace, BMA (British Medical Association), CBI (Confederation of British Industry), the National Trust, and groups like the RSPCA. Pressure groups are becoming more powerful and influential and important in enhancing democracy. Some pressure groups such as Greenpeace use direct action to gain attention from government and from media It's about taking direct action against the government, so it is still political. You're seeking to influence the government by what you do. If you're campaigning, a result of it can be direct action You may be trying to cause a public inconvenience through things like strikes. Pluralists would say that Pressure Group power is democratically based and so the larger you are the more spread that power is. The bigger you are it's generally felt you represent public opinion more. Government doesn't want to upset a large group of people and so their vote carries some weight. RSPB, NSCPCC, and National Trust. Large membership so perhaps they carry some…show more content…
Almost the opposite of political elitism which is when power is concentrated in the hands of the few. They have a positive view on pressure groups as they spread power to the people, promote debate, discussion, and they question what is going on. They promote democracy. Citizens can get representation through groups. Not social movements. They'd also argue that all political groups have some influence. There are levers (leverage) available to these groups in size, money, methods of protest etc. they'd argue that there isn't a single group that
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