Pluralism and Types of Pressure Group



  • American society clearly pluralist, Unions running a lot of economic policy
  • However, actual policy is decided by government, elitist, Stimulus package decided by gov 
  • Pluralist as gov policy can be influenced by outside groups, democrats adopting more environmentally friendly policies after greenpiece
  • However can't influence all policy, Democrats not adopting all environmental policies 
  • Pressure groups can also influence funding, clearly pluralist, NRA donating over 50% of republican funding 
  • However can't control all sections of the party, Bush going against NRA on his education policies 
  • Pluralist factions also within parties, tea party movement ousting Boehner


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