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How Do Pressure Groups Exert Influence And Which Pressure Groups Are The Most Powerful?

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How Do Pressure Groups Exert Influence And Which Pressure Groups Are The Most Powerful? How Do Pressure Groups Exert Influence? Pressure groups can exert their influence in several different ways these include: > Working with the government - These are mainly Insider Groups. They have privileged and & institutional access to the government and operate inside the decision making process. > Influencing the media - For an example, Fathers 4 Justice, they got a lot of media coverage by dressing up as superheroes and pulling stunts. This got a mixture of both good and bad media coverage, but it got their word out. Examples of Fathers 4 Justice stunts: 200 Father Christmases storm the lobby of the Lord Chancellor's department. Spiderman scales a crane at Tower Bridge entangling London in his web. Batman & Robin spend three days on the roof of the Royal Courts of Justice. The Funpowder Plot is hatched at the House of Commons where the Prime Minister is hit by purple haze. Batman pays a visit to the Queen's balcony at Buckingham Palace. Operation Father Ted swings into ecumenical action at York Minster. Activist Monks climb the roof of St Paul's. ...read more.

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The group's success can be measured by relationship with the decision making bodies, such as the government or local council. Outsider groups such as the ALF are unlikely to be able to build a good relationship with authorities, mainly due to their violent methods. Group's success can also be measured by their relationship with the media & public. Pressure groups with the support of the media are more able to influence the decision making body. This is even more likely if the government is the decision making body. This is because the government is accountable to the general public and if the government goes against public opinion on an important issue then this will have electoral consequences. The support of a celebrity, such as Bob Geldof and the Live Aid campaign, can also increase the chances of a pressure groups success. Leadership of the pressure group is very important, and celebrity leadership can enhance the public image of the pressure group. The financial situation of a pressure group is another factor that can greatly affect the success or failure of the pressure group. This does not just include the funds available to the group, but also the ability to exercise financial power. ...read more.

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Stonewall promotes new research on issues such as hate crime, lesbian health and homophobic bullying schools. Wealth 23 September 2003 - granted charitable status (Charity Registration Number 1101255). Professional staff team has grown and is sustained by a committed band of dedicated volunteers and thousands of individuals the length and breadth of the UK. Stonewall receives no public funding and raises all its money itself in a range of ways including donations, sponsorship, and fundraising events. Pluralism Political power in society does not lie with the electorate, or with small concentrated elite, but is distributed between a wide number of groups. These groups may be pressure groups, trade unions, interest groups, business organizations, and any of a multitude of formal and informal coalitions. Elitism Elitism is the belief or attitude that those individuals who are considered members of the elite - a select group of people with outstanding personal abilities, intellect, wealth, specialized training or experience, or other distinctive attributes - are those whose views on a matter are to be taken the most seriously or carry the most weight or those who view their own views as so; whose views and/or actions are most likely to be constructive to society as a whole; or whose extraordinary skills, abilities or wisdom render them especially fit to govern. ...read more.

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