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Pressure Groups – The Allies Of The Citizens, Of The Politicians Or Just Dedicated To Their Own Cause?


  • Raluca Mihaila

    () (National School of Political and Administrative Studies)


We, the people leaving in democratic societies, have come across information about pressure groups or interest groups and political interests coming together under the usually harmless terms of “in the help of every single citizen”, but very often actually working in a manner more then detrimental to him. Interests are given birth daily and in the name of public welfare we were (and still are) convinced that in the name of the society’s interest, the action of groups may lead to a better life standard. Unfortunately this is not always the case. And this topic and its reality inspired me in coming up with this paper. The motto states perfectly what a democracy stands for “In a democracy people do not obtain what they do not ask for”. Along my essay I will try to prove it. My paper is meant to discuss freely and openly about the cohesion existing at the level of any society, generally speaking between policy takers and policy makers. It is up to each and every one of us to reach the conclusion on whether who is who between the two categories. The paper is organized starting from the general context in which groups work) and then continuing with its products and services (with the effects they obtain on behalf of their actions). After that it analyzes the market itself – the space where pressure groups’ action take its course – as an universe becoming bigger by the second according to national legislations worldwide. It is commonly understood that societies are working together for a purpose, mainly through politicians and interest groups representing them. The paper intents on making an objective analysis of these societies based on their level of development. After catching a glimpse on how these groups are formed or how they work the paper explained the economic of the “business” by entailing the marketing plans groups use in their projects. A separate section was dedicated to the Romanian context with a special emphasis on the non-regulatory status with regards to pressure and interest groups, and generally speaking, to the lobby phenomena.

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  • Raluca Mihaila, 2011. "Pressure Groups – The Allies Of The Citizens, Of The Politicians Or Just Dedicated To Their Own Cause?," Romanian Economic Business Review, Romanian-American University, vol. 5(1), pages 150-160, May.
  • Handle: RePEc:rau:journl:v:5:y:2011:i:1:p:150-160

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    pressure; interest; political; groups; lobby; needs;


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