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Interest Groups – Alternative or Parallel. Conceptual FoundationI An Organisation Separate from Govt Conduct/Attempt Influence Public policy.

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1 Interest Groups – Alternative or Parallel

2 Conceptual FoundationI An Organisation Separate from Govt Conduct/Attempt Influence Public policy

3 Conceptual Foundation II Organised Collection of Individual Bound with common concern/interests Engage in Collective action

4 Types Sectional/protective –closed Episodic – specific case Casual/promotional Influence through direct or indirect

5 Why Interest Groups Links betn individual & governmental institutions To restrain control of single group/party Leadership opportunities Better representation of issues

6 Functions Agency – TU & Business org Mediation –Unrepresented/powerless Opposition –Check & balance (explicit/explicit) Participation –reduce ‘democratic deficit’ Propagate Diversity

7 what’s Alternative Provide alternative prevailing norms Redemptive –old to new Reformist – changing slowly/cumulative Revolutionary – overthrow

8 Consequences Interests of IG & party frequently converge IG don’t simple by-pass political channel IG are not simple more democratic that other political organisation IG response to changing situation like the parties

9 How it functions Pre-political –organise /moblile Dissent –ideas/views Representation Mechanism for Change- radical


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