• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Success of pressure groups

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

Success of pressure groups Pressure groups are organizations that attempt to influence the government to often enough change or introduce a law. Pressure groups aim to influence political decision-making, however unlike political parties they do not run in the election campaign. Pressure groups can be from a small village to huge worldwide organizations, each of which will fight to have themselves heard in many different ways, an example of this is lobbying the organization they are trying to influence. Many of the acts that pressure groups are involved in can be considered unlawful, but many participants do this merely to attract the attention of the government so that their views can be heard and expressed. However so that pressure groups are not generalized, it is important to note that many of the official pressure groups tend to stay lawful in their acts. The success of a pressure group can sometimes be difficult to define as there are some particular organizations that have a huge amount of members and yet their views are still not recognized or they have been unsuccessful in expressing themselves in a way that has influenced the law. ...read more.

Middle

This particular type of pressure group has to work outside the government's organization. However outsider pressure groups can be further sub-divided, for example some outsider groups are merely waiting to become insider groups, but in order for this to happen they have to wait for a political climax, such as a change in government. Also there are outsider pressure groups that are not aiming to become insiders, these consist mainly of single-issue groups. Single issue groups are an organization that form to fight against one particular issue such as building a multi-story car park where a forest stands, then once this issue has been resolved they merely disband. A pressure groups situation within this area can often affect whether they are going to be successful in their acts. Insider groups often tend to be favored in influencing decisions as are informed of what is going on around them by the government, which means they can then act on this information. Outsider pressure groups normally have to find information on their own and because they are rarely addressed by the government they have to commit unlawful acts such as protests in order to get themselves heard and noticed. ...read more.

Conclusion

They may have produced a lot of support from many people but have not yet actually been able to influence the government in their decision on whether to leave Europe. However this aspect is a very large ideal and therefore it is expected that this pressure group alone would have trouble influencing the government on such a major issue. There are other pressure groups such as 'Green Peace' and 'Friends of the Earth' that have had countless success's in their ideals but these ideals have never been to unachievable, such as the withdrawal from Europe. In conclusion for this essay, it is easy to see why there are pressure groups and that the majority of them are fighting for a worthy cause and therefore are successful in that degree. However many pressure groups are not even given a chance to express their points of view to the government and the public, and therefore are doomed to fail miserably in their campaign. With the advances of technology it should be easier for pressure groups to prosper and therefore, more of what the people want will be heard by government, which means that it makes it easier for success of pressure groups in this democratic society today. Jamie Gallo 12 DLF Ms.Simpson ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our AS and A Level Pressure Groups section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related AS and A Level Pressure Groups essays

  1. Discuss why pressure groups are sometimes criticised.

    Moreover these methods are not always very effective. The student riots did nothing to reduce the impact of tuition fees being introduced. For many, the main reason that they criticise pressure groups for using things such as direct action is that it wastes police time a resources, time and resources

  2. The wealthier and the closer the pressure group is to the government, the more ...

    Whilst, the trade unions may not have been a wealthy pressure group, the presence of wealth is unlikely to have made a substantial difference to the decision made by Thatcher. The consequence of this appears to suggest that wealth certainly helps, but is not enough alone to influence the government.

  1. Why are some pressure groups more successful than others?

    election to ensure one of the parties took up the cause, and Labour was keen to exploit what was seen as an inadequate response from John Major's government. Also, as with any organisation, leadership is central. Leaders provide direction and focus and act as figureheads in the media.

  2. The existence of pressure group makes government more democratic; the activities of pressure groups ...

    The National Farmers Union (NFU) is another core insider group; government regularly consults it. Leaders of the NFU often meet with ministers at Whitehall, and this was particularly evident during the Foot and Mouth crisis as the leaders often had regular access.

  1. Why Have Pressure Groups Become More Popular Than Political Parties?

    society today, which has also placed more importance and popularity on these groups. There are four main basic theories on pressure groups. The first being the pluralist theory. To this theory, pressure groups are seen as a 'good thing', this is mainly because they make sure that there is a

  2. Cuban Government structure.

    The lower court system comprises fourteen people's provincial courts and 169 people's basic courts at the public level. The judiciary is not recognized as an independent part of government but is instead secondary to the Council of State and the ANPP.

  1. A Cabinet Minister once described Pressure Groups as Creatures which strangle efficient government. Discuss ...

    This is a good part of pressure groups because it means that (especially for Greenpeace) their findings cannot be disputed because their findings and evidence has been made by prestigious scientists. Members of pressure groups can also be brought in to be part of think tanks.

  2. Pressure groups revison notes

    Sectional groups such as motorists or home owners are more likely to receive favourable treatment 3. However- government attitude also plays a part eg: in 1980s gov should little sympathy to TUs (8 million members) or pensioners (approx 25% of population)

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work