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|Reading full reference|Van Acker, E, Eccleston, R, Hollander, R, & Williams, P. 2013. Politics for Business Students a Comparative Introduction (2nd), |
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|Main point(s) made by |The author describes the role of interest groups as seeking to shape government policy and attempt to apply pressure to |
|the author(s) |politicians, policy makers and other political actors. Interest groups are formed to promote general or specific interests and |
| |an important role is to ensure governments remain responsive to communities. They do this by expressing the needs, wants and |
| |demands of the community to the government. The author then describes the different types of interest groups and how influential|
| |they are on government decision making. Sectional interest groups have clearly defined membership and promote a particular |
| |interest, usually self-interest. Whereas promotional groups are concerned with promoting causes and moral value issues for the |
| |benefit of society. |
| |The author discusses in detail the success and limitations of interest groups and the contributing factors. Sectional interest |
| |groups have greater access to the media and are able to afford publicity campaigns and often have insider status that allows |
| |them to deal directly with the governments. They

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