Political Parties VS Pressure Groups

Political Parties VS Pressure Groups

Similarities

  • carry out representation, facilitate political participation and contribute to the policy process.
  • both are used as ways where the public can channel their views through to the government

Differences

  • Political parties are accountable to the public. PG aren't.
  • PGs want to exert power, PP want to acquire power.
  • PGs want to influence decision makers, but don't take part in elections. PP take part in elections and their goal is to get to power.

Overall comparison

Both political parties and pressure groups are methods which can be used for political participation. However, fundamentally, their aims through their existence is completely contrasting each other, while one aims to acquire power and the other influence decision makers.

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