Pressure politics: a politics of collective consumption?
Grant, Wyn. (2005) Pressure politics: a politics of collective consumption? Parliamentary Affairs, Vol.58 (No.2). pp. 366-379. ISSN 0031-2290
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The nature of a politics of collective consumption is reviewed in terms of how we can distinguish those actions that pursue a broader public interest. The argument that outsider groups may be influential in terms of setting the political agenda is explored in relation to the politics of obesity and controversies about child access for divorced fathers. Animal rights militancy has proved a difficult issue for government to handle and has wider implications for pressure group activity. Government continues to favour a close relationship with big business but is less interested in reforming trade associations. Increasing cooperation between the National Farmers Union and Farmers for Action suggests that insider groups may be more willing to cooperate with outsider groups as they become more effective. The question of whether pressure group activity is moving in the direction of an ‘uncivil society’ is considered.
|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Subjects:||J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe) > JN101 Great Britain|
|Divisions:||Faculty of Social Sciences > Politics and International Studies|
|Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH):||Pressure groups -- Great Britain, Animal rights movement -- Great Britain, Joint custody of children -- Great Britain, Obesity -- Political aspects -- Great Britain, Political participation -- Great Britain|
|Journal or Publication Title:||Parliamentary Affairs|
|Publisher:||Oxford University Press|
|Page Range:||pp. 366-379|
|Access rights to Published version:||Open Access|
|References:||1 Wyn Grant, Pressure Groups and British Politics, Palgrave-Macmillan, 2000, Chapter 9 2 David Toke and David Marsh, ‘Policy Networks and the GM Crops Issue’. Public Administration, 2003. 3 http://www.fathers-4-justice.org/introducing.html, visited 26 August 2004 4 http://www.reuters.co.uk/news visited 26 August 2004 5 Financial Times, 10 September 2004. 6 Financial Times, 24/25 January 2004. 7 A Macdonald, The Business of Representation: the Modern Trade Association, Department of Trade and Industry and Trade Association Forum 2000, p.7 8 Financial Times, 19 April 2004. 9 Macdonald, The Business of Representation, p.7.|
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