Pressure groups

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Pressure group
An association that may be formal or informal, whose purpose is to further the interests of a specific section of society or to promote a particular cause.
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Sectional group
A pressure group that represents a specific section of society, such as a trade union or an employers' association. Also known as an interest group.
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Insider groups
Pressure groups that operate inside the political system through contacts with ministers, MPs, peers and official committees. They are regularly consulted by government.
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Outsider groups
Unlike insider groups, outsiders have no special links with government but seek to influence decision makers by mobilizing public opinion.
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Pluralism
A description of a political system where a wide range of beliefs, ideologies and ideas is tolerated and allowed to flourish. It also implies a society where many different groups are active and free to operate.
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Elitism
A tendency for power to be monopolized by small groups of influential people.Elitism exists mainly within business and finance groups, some trade unions, government, the armed forces, etc.
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Promotional group
A pressure group that seek to promote a cause rather than the interests of its own members. Also known as a cause group or an issue group.
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A pressure group that represents a specific section of society, such as a trade union or an employers' association. Also known as an interest group.

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