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"Pressure groups are essential of democracy in the uk" To what extent do you agree with this statement? Pressure groups are defined as "a group of like-minded individuals who are organised with a view to influencing the formulation of government policy"1 They do not put a candidate up for election but seek to influence government policy of legislation, but is this extra pressure from outsiders essential for the government and democracy in the uk or could it be argued it just antagonises political parties? It can be argued pressure groups are essential to the democracy of the UK as they play an important role in the political system. ...read more.

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Pressure groups are considered to be fundamental to that of democracy in the uk as they are enable new concerns and issues to reach the political agenda, something many people may have tried before. By using different techniques, pressure groups make sure issues are considered. In doing this they are facilitating social progress and allowing quality of lives to be improved. For this reason, it seems pressure groups are essential to hinder social progress and allowing the government to make fundamental changes. However, there also people who uphold the views that pressure groups are not essential for the democracy of the uk and acts as more of a hindrance than a help. ...read more.

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To conclude, it appears that pressure groups are almost essential to democracy in the UK as they increase public participation and draw wider appeal to the causes. This then attracts the government and makes new policies more suitable for the country. From this it can be argued pressure groups are extremely helpful it provide the government with public interest and consideration for the Uk when deciding upon legislations. However, often strategies or methods used by these pressure groups serve to antagonise the government and prolong party policy taking effect as they appear demeaning. Therefore to an extent, pressure groups are extremely important for the democracy in the uk however by corrupt methods it can be argued they prove to not be essential. 1 Wikipeadia definition of a pressure group ...read more.

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