Pressure Groups are a group of people organized actively to promote and defend their common interests and influence public policy. They act as the liaison between government and its members.
Role of Pressure Groups –
- Promote opportunities for political participation without political party
- Provide expertise and information to government;
- Help in expressing views and needs of minority groups which remain unheard
- Attract the attention of government on important issues
- Act as safety valve in the democracy to vent out the pressure of people.
Role of Business Associations:
- Engaging with the policy makers, government and civil society, influencing policies by way of articulating the views and suggestions of industry. (e.g. – FICCI, CII)
- Communicate the grievances and demands of various sectors and industries to the government.
- Conduct workshops, seminars, business meets and conferences to discuss, debate various upcoming and existed policies of the government.
- Provides a platform for consensus-building and networking on key issues
- Provide useful and credible research on existing and newer developments in areas such as industrial operations, infrastructure and technology.
- Provide valuable information on potentials and new developments in foreign trade by studying the trade environment and imports regulations of many foreign countries.