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