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.
They also seek to influence and change the
policies and views of the general public.
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.