Pressure groups key terms

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Pressure group
An association that may be formal or informal, who’s purpose is to further the interests of a specific section of society or to promote a particular cause by influencing government, the public or both.
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Sectional group
A pressure group that represents a specific section of society such as a trade union or an employer’s association.
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Promotional group
A pressure group that seeks to promote a cause rather than the interests of its own members.
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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
Pressure groups that have no special links with government but seek to influence decision makers by mobilising public opinion.
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Pluralism
A political system where a wide range of beliefs, ideologies and ideas is tolerated and allowed to flourish.
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Elitism
The belief that certain persons or members of certain groups deserve favored treatment by virtue of their superiority, as in intelligence, social standing, or wealth.
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Functional representation
The function of associations, usually pressure groups, which represent specific sections of society based on occupation, age, gender, income, etc.
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Pluralist democracy
A democratic system where the demands and interests of many different groups in society are recognised and taken into consideration in policy making.
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A pressure group that represents a specific section of society such as a trade union or an employer’s association.

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