Types of Pressure Groups UK

This mind map shows you the different types of Pressure Groups in the UK, with advantages and disadvamtages and examples.

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  • Types of Pressure Groups
    • Cause or Promotional Group
      • Single cause may have limited objectives
        • Such as building a new supermarket for the area
      • Broader cause may have an objective for the long term
        • E.g. Greenpeace who want to protect the environment
      • Group maybe able to raise funds to put direct pressure on Parliament or local governments
      • Some may be seen as little importance to some people
    • Sectional or Interest Group
      • Represent a section of society
      • Can be see as only concerned with their own interest
      • Not thinking the bigger picture
      • More likely to get listened to by the government and/or media
      • E.g. National Union of Teachers (NUT)
    • Insider Group
      • Groups who have a status and position within the government
      • Have expertise in certain areas
      • Difficult to use direct action/protest as government will turn their backs on them
      • E.g RSPCA, National Trust and National Farmers Union
      • E.g. re-classifying drugs - government consulted BMA for advice
    • Outsider Group
      • Have a status and position outside of the government
      • Can use direct action and use the media to gain recognition
      • Some use violent and illegal action
        • E.g. Fathers 4 Justice on top of Parliament
        • But can this be a good thing?
          • Does get media attention
      • Some feel that their cause/views does not effect them
      • E.g. CND, Countryside Alliance


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