Are American Pressure Groups Too Powerful?


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The answer to this is very much dependent on your position on the political spectrum. Those who possess a left wing ideology tend to believe that groups are too powerful; citing the fact that large groups only serve the interests of the wealthier sections of society. Often they will be able to influence legislation, evade regulation and play a large role in elections thanks to their superior levels of funding.

Yet, there are those on the right wing who believe that the system in place is inherent with a healthy pluralistic society. They show examples of minorities gaining favourable legislation (Lawrence vs. Texas) and say that ultimately groups are only able to influence legislation. The elected politicians are still able to have the final say on issues.

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