Do pressure groups enhance pluralist democracy?

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Yes because they influence government and can hold them to account or contribute to decision-making.
NFU - agriculture, BMA - health and social care act and Ghurkha Justice Campaign - scrutiny
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Yes because they represent minority interests including those who cannot easily represent themselves which means they are varied.
Age UK
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Yes because there is opposition and competition between groups.
ASH vs. Forest
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Yes because they widen access to politics for example through e-democracy.
Avaaz the global civic organisation that promotes activism on issues like global warming and animal rights with a membership of 25 million
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Yes because they educate the public, which raises awareness and enables people to make informed decisions.
NSPCC
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No because some pressure groups are internally undemocratic.
Wyn Grant has said that Greenpeace is internally undemocratic because it’s based on hierarchy
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No because the government favours groups who share their philosophy and grant them insider status.
The CBI
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No because some pressure group methods or beliefs create hostility and restrict influence
Kingsnorth power station
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No because financial power and large memberships give some pressure groups more influence than others
Unite (1.42 million members) donated £11.9 million to Labour
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Yes because they represent minority interests including those who cannot easily represent themselves which means they are varied.

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Yes because there is opposition and competition between groups.

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Yes because they widen access to politics for example through e-democracy.

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Yes because they educate the public, which raises awareness and enables people to make informed decisions.

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