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Pressure Groups, Pressure Groups, Unit 1, Unit 3

The Politics of Protest- on both sides of the Atlantic

Left Foot Forward have an interesting post looking at the nature of protests against government austerity and economic hardship in both the USA and the UK.

This piece http://www.leftfootforward.org/2012/01/the-new-politics-of-protest/ is littered with excellent examples of the Pressure Group topic in Unit 1 and its counterpart in Unit 3. It also examines the nature of pluralism and elitism and whether or not pressure groups speak for those marginalised by society and normally denied a political voice.

The piece looks at the NUS protests against the EMA, the role of charities such as Scope and Radar coordinating opposition against cuts in disability benefits, it looks at the National Trust mobilising its predominently ‘cheque book’ members in oppositition to the sale of Forestry Commission land as well as UK Uncut and Occupy Wall Street.

 

 

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