1 A pressure group is an organised group of people, united by
a common cause or topic who wish to influence and change
the policies and views of the government.
2 They also seek to influence and change the
policies and views of the general public.
3 Pressure groups have become a central feature of representative democracies; their presence in
other countries is seen as a sign of an open and progressive democracy, while restrictions placed on
pressure groups by other regimes are seen as repressive and undemocratic.