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Pressure group

A pressure group is a group that puts pressure on individual parties or the government as a whole to try to persuade them to amend or make a new law about their area of interest. Pressure groups have played an increasingly prominent role in British politics. In general they fall into two main groups:

i) those groups concerned with a single issue, for example animal welfare or nuclear disarmament

ii) those groups attempting to promote their own interests, for example oil producers.

Pressure groups are also known as interest groups or lobby groups.

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