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Methods used by interest groups

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    Methods used by interest groups Methods used by interest groups Presentation Transcript

    • A group which attempts to influence the making or implementing or administering of government decisions Interest Groups
      • Most interest groups are single-issue groups which
      • - seek to benefit the interests of their members (trade unions, cattlemen, 4WD assoc, Save Albert Park,)
      • Interest groups are formed voluntarily and do NOT include government bodies
    • Methods Used By Interest Groups
      • direct action
      • - picketing/ - strikes
      • -blockades
      • Marches, protests
      • demonstrations, - boycotts, go slows, bans
      • Advantages of Direct Action
      • - free publicity in media
      • Disadvantages
      • usually seen by community
      • as negative or disruptive
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.