How do PG'S promote democracy? (Supplementing electoral democracy…
How do PG'S promote democracy?
PG's promote political debate and create a better informed, more educated electorate.
Helps to improve the quality of public policy.
Without PG's media and public would rely on govts political narrow range of views.
PG'S challenge established views and offer alternative view points.
E.G NSPCC highlighting child abuse.
Level of political participation is a key educator to democracy, meaning govt is run by the people.
Decrease in electoral turnout and falling party membership highlights democratic deficit.
Participation is very effective for size and influence of PG.
Offers younger people to get involved in politics. E.G 1990's 70%, 2005 61% and 2015 66%.
Benefits of competition
PG's promote democracy through widening distribution of power, through competing groups.
No group can remain dominant as when one gains influence, others commit it with rivalling views.
E.G Trade unions vs CBI/growth of business power.
E.g Forest vs BMA.
Supplementing electoral democracy
Pluralists highlight pros of group representation, by elections and political parties.
PG's supplement electoral democracy or replace political parties for how people express views.
PG's keep govt in touch with public opinion, between elections.
PG's force govt to engage in dialogue as society can't be ignored.
They give political voice to minority views, which aren't represented by political parties.
pig's offer a more effective way in articulating concerns.
E.G 2011 Parliament introduced act to hold elections every 5 years -> decreased democracy.