Political Parties

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  • Political parties tend to offer a broad range portfolio of policies, informed by a guiding ideology. 
  • The main UK political parties have open membership structures and are therefore inclusive.
  • Political parties contest elections with a view to securing control of governmental power. 
  • The main UK parties are highly organised and offer theoir members an input into key decisions through formalised rules and procedures.
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  • Pressure groups generally pursue a narrower cause or sectional interest. 
  • Many pressure groups - particularly sectional groups - are more exclusive in their membership. 
  • Those pressure groups that field candidates in elections do so to raise their own profile - or to encourage candidates representing mainstream parties to adjust their policies for fear of losing votes. 
  • Even the larger, more established pressure groups are dominated by a small leading clique; few pressure groups display high levels of internal democracy. 
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