Pluralists see society as made up of competing interest groups.
No one interest group dominates
Interest groups compete with each other for influence over decision makers
Power is shared between interest groups in society
Protective groups defend the interests of particular groups - e.g. trade unions and professional organisations
Promothional groups promote causes and issues - e.g. Greenpeace
Pluralists say that the state (the government) is the neutral arbiter between pressure groups
Pluralists see wide ranging pressure groups activity as essential for a modern democracy