Explain how the relationship between political parties and pressure groups can take different forms.
The relationship between political parties and pressure groups can take different forms:
- Generally, pressure groups do not directly engage in politics, they seek to exert influence on political parties.
- Some pressure groups have political ideology and political position on major issues.
- In some cases, the pressure groups are either formed or led by the leaders of the political parties.
- They act as the extended arms of political parties.
- Most of the trade unions and students organisations are either established by one or the other major political parties.
- Sometimes, political parties grow out of movements.
- When the Assam movement led by students against the ‘foreigners’ came to an end, it led to the formation of the Asom Gana Parishad.
- The DMK and the AIADMK in Tamil Nadu can be traced to a long drawn social reform movement during 1930s and 1940s.