How do pressure groups influence politics? Explain with examples.
Pressure groups and movements, exert influence on politics in a various ways:
- They try to gain public support and sympathy for their goals and activities by carrying out information, campaigns, organising meetings, filing petitions.
- Most of these groups try to influence the media into giving more attention to their issues.
- They organise protest activities like strikes or disrupting government programmes.
- Business groups often employ professional lobbyists.
- Some members from pressure groups participate in official bodies and communities • that offer advice to the government.
- The pressure groups are either formed or led by the leaders of political parties or act as extended arms of political parties.
- Sometimes, political parties grow’ out of movement.
- In most cases, the relationship between parties and movements is not so direct. They often take positions that are opposed to each other.