Similarities and differences between pressure groups + political parties and examples

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Parties are seeking to gain power but pressure groups are not.
Parties in parliament want to win the election and become the governing party.
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A party must address the full range of political issues but pressure groups can focus only on what concerns them.
ASH smoking ban in public, did not consider government revenue.
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Governments must be accountable for what they do and accept responsibility, pressure groups do not.
Greenpeace against genetically modified plants, not accountable for fact they could solve poverty in some countries.
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Parties have to adopt policies across full range of gov. responsibilities, pressure groups often campaign one single issue.
PETA animal rights.
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Governments must behave responsibly but pressure groups do not accept all restrictions of potential gov.
Greenpeace broke in Kingsnorth Power Station, £30,000 damage.
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Some groups put up candidates election although not seeking power.
CLEAR cannabis legalisation presented candidates 2010 to raise profile issue.
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Some parties similar to groups and started as pressure groups.
Green party was environmental campaign organisation.
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Some groups do adopt wide range policies.
Trade unions and business groups.
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Some groups work closely with parties so difficult distinguish between their roles.
Unlocked Democracy for constitutional reform work closely with Liberal Democrats.
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A party must address the full range of political issues but pressure groups can focus only on what concerns them.

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ASH smoking ban in public, did not consider government revenue.

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Governments must be accountable for what they do and accept responsibility, pressure groups do not.

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Parties have to adopt policies across full range of gov. responsibilities, pressure groups often campaign one single issue.

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Governments must behave responsibly but pressure groups do not accept all restrictions of potential gov.

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