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Pressure groups and British politics

Author: Wyn Grant
Publisher: Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire : Macmillan Press ; New York : St. Martin's Press, 2000.
Series: Contemporary political studies.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Two key themes of the book are how pressure groups affect the distribution of power and how they impact on democracy. It is argued that, particularly at European Union level, the balance of power has shifted too far towards big business, while a longer-term shift from the politics of production to the politics of collective consumption has weakened the influence of trade unions. The author argues that pressure  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Wyn Grant
ISBN: 0333744845 9780333744840 0333744853 9780333744857 0312226489 9780312226480
OCLC Number: 41368256
Description: xii, 250 pages ; 23 cm.
Contents: 1 Introduction: the Key Characteristics of Pressure Groups 1 --
Continuity and Change in the Roles of Pressure Group 2 --
Range and Significance of Pressure Group Activity 4 --
What is A Pressure Group? 7 --
Social Movements 10 --
Political Parties 12 --
A Working Definition of a Pressure Group 14 --
2 Types of Group 18 --
A Classification of Group Strategies 19 --
Criticisms of the Insider--Outsider Typology 23 --
Pressure Groups and Democracy 35 --
3 Theoretical Perspectives 38 --
Ideas and Interests 39 --
Pluralism 41 --
Corporatism: Yesterday's Theory 51 --
Liberal Critique of Pressure Groups 53 --
Tory Defence of Interest 58 --
Socialist Views of Pressure Groups 59 --
4 Pressure Groups and the Executive 60 --
Influencing the Executive Branch of Government 62 --
Structure of Government 65 --
Dullness of Lobbying 67 --
Case Study: the Formation of a Food Standards Agency 70 --
Policy Implementation and Enforcement 76 --
Benefits of Being on the Inside Track 78 --
5 Organization of Representation at the EU Level 80 --
Predominance of Business 81 --
Organization of Business Interests in the EU 82 --
Decline of a Producer Group: the Case of COPA 96 --
Trade Unions 99 --
Environmental Groups 101 --
Territorial Interests 104 --
Diffuse Interests and Business Interests 105 --
6 How Pressure Groups Exert Influence at the EU Level 106 --
Decline of the National Route? 106 --
Commission 112 --
COREPER --
Europe's Managing Board 115 --
Council of Ministers 116 --
European Parliament 117 --
European Court of Justice 119 --
Making Sense of EU Level Pressure Group Activity 121 --
7 Agenda Setting: the Media and Direct Action 125 --
Getting Issues on the Political Agenda 126 --
Importance of the Media to Pressure Groups 128 --
Different Forms of Media 129 --
How Pressure Groups Use the Media 133 --
Use of Direct Action 139 --
8 Pressure Politics Outside Whitehall: Parliament, the Courts and Local Government 149 --
Ways of Using Parliament 151 --
Political Parties 162 --
Pressure Groups and the Courts 163 --
Local Government 164 --
9 Politics of Production and Consumption 168 --
Politics of Production Survives 170 --
Trade Unions Contained 177 --
Representing Consumers 181 --
Retailer-Led Governance 184 --
Limits of the Consumer Paradigm: the Case of Football 185 --
Erosion of Producer Power: the Case of Education 187 --
A False Dichotomy? 189 --
10 Effectiveness of Pressure Groups 192 --
Why Measuring Pressure Group Influence is Difficult 193 --
A Typology of Factors Affecting Pressure Group Effectiveness 195 --
Delegating Implementation to Pressure Groups 210 --
11 Conclusions: Pressure Groups and Democracy 213 --
Contributions of Pressure Groups and Political Parties to Modern Democracy 214 --
Case for Pressure Groups Reviewed 216 --
Limits to Pressure Group Power 220 --
Emergence of the Political Class 221 --
Forms of Pluralism, Pressure Groups and Democracy 222.
Series Title: Contemporary political studies.
Responsibility: Wyn Grant.

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