Methods used by interest groups

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Methods used by interest groups

  1. 1. A group which attempts to influence the making or implementing or administering of government decisions Interest Groups
  2. 2. <ul><li>Most interest groups are single-issue groups which </li></ul><ul><li>- seek to benefit the interests of their members (trade unions, cattlemen, 4WD assoc, Save Albert Park,) </li></ul>
  3. 3. <ul><li>Interest groups are formed voluntarily and do NOT include government bodies </li></ul>
  4. 4. Methods Used By Interest Groups <ul><li>direct action </li></ul><ul><li>- picketing/ - strikes </li></ul><ul><li>-blockades </li></ul><ul><li>Marches, protests </li></ul><ul><li>demonstrations, - boycotts, go slows, bans </li></ul>
  5. 5. <ul><li>Advantages of Direct Action </li></ul><ul><li>- free publicity in media </li></ul><ul><li>Disadvantages </li></ul><ul><li>usually seen by community </li></ul><ul><li>as negative or disruptive </li></ul>
  6. 6. Lobbying <ul><li>Conducted directly by interest groups, or by employing professional lobbyists who have access to Government ministers. </li></ul><ul><li>Lobbying not always directed primarily to those making decisions, also to those that can influence decision-makers. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Petitions <ul><li>Used to raise awareness of issues and to show levels of support for position in relation to issue. </li></ul><ul><li>Not very affective in influencing decision-making. </li></ul><ul><li>Members of Parliament count letters to gauge level of feeling on an issue. </li></ul>
  8. 8. Use of Media <ul><li>Usually only wealthy groups can afford paid advertising. </li></ul><ul><li>Editorals and reports can at times be more sympathetic to groups representing commercial interests. </li></ul>

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