Pressure groups

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What is a pressure group?
Organisations that seek to influence decision makers. Goals are usually relatively narrow
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Features of a pressure group
Influence decisions - BMA helped make the smoking ban, Narrow range of issues, operate at different levels of government
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Three functions of a pressure group
Representation, Education, Participation, Government accountability
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What is a promotional pressure group?
Further interests of public community. Concerned with a
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What is a sectional pressure group?
Represent a specific part of the population e.g. teachers
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What is a insider pressure group?
Has a close relationship with the government
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What is an outsider PG?
No link to government
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How do pressure groups add to democracy?
Speak on behalf of minorities, Speak on behalfd of economic interests e.g. employers, Represent demographic groups e.g. elderly
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What is Elitism?
Concentration of power, unequal and unfair distribution of power
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What is Pluralism?
Power is not cocnetrated and is equally distributed, Has a positive view of pressure groups
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How do pressure groups exert influence?
Lobbying, Legal, Direct action, Mobilizing public opinion
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Why do pressure groups use different methods?
Breadth of audience they are trying to persuade, Level of resources, status
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How and Why do pressure groups seek to influence public opinion?
Protests, petitions, Celebrity involvement, Educating the public
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Differences between PGs and political parties?
Aims, policy, Accountability
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