Pressure politics : the challenges for democracy
Grant, Wyn. (2003) Pressure politics : the challenges for democracy. Parliamentary Affairs, Volume 56 (Number 2). pp. 297-308. ISSN 0031-2290Full text not available from this repository.
Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/parlij/gsg020
Pressure politics is characterised by an increasing resort to direct action. Conventional forms of pressure politics are less visible but remain important. The long-running protest against Huntingdon Life Sciences has been significant for developing new forms of direct action. Protestors ranging from opponents of speed cameras to farmers have used direct action. There has been an increasing interest in internal democracy within organisations, with many resisting calls from members for more participation, illustrated by the case study of the National Farmers' Union. The Blair government's relationship with business has become increasingly tense. Underlying issues about how business represents itself remain important. Direct action imposes costs on society and may reflect unrealistic expectations. Governments may respond through a strategy of depoliticisation, but this is not always effective. Solutions may lie beyond the sphere of pressure politics itself.
|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Subjects:||J Political Science > JA Political science (General)|
|Divisions:||Faculty of Social Sciences > Politics and International Studies|
|Journal or Publication Title:||Parliamentary Affairs|
|Publisher:||Oxford University Press|
|Number of Pages:||13|
|Page Range:||pp. 297-308|
|Access rights to Published version:||Restricted or Subscription Access|
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