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Political Science
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Nelson Wiseman

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Interest Groups and political movements Limitations of the political participation through the electoral systemParty an elected system principal means of accommodating various interest in Canadian politicsINDIVIDUALS take their CONCERNS to POLITICAL PARTIES who would respond to their interest Individuals can either seek representation of their interests by voting or approaching MPsLimitations ie elections are on selected days individual can express their concerns only on those days party lies party platforms have a certain program to follow and if your interest doesnt reflect their electoral program most likely the concerns wont be answeredPolitical party membersExpanding the Notion of Political ParticipationDiscuss conceptual differences between interest groups and social movementsCivil society advocacy civil society institutions and orgs that exist between individual and the state Interest groups Any group that seeks to influence government public policy without putting up their own political candidatesBecomes PRESSURE GROUPS when it actively lobbies the govt Organizations whose members act together to promote their common interests Guided by shared Interest see Iris Marion Yong Social movements A network of organizations that engages in political or cultural struggle to expand the boundaries of the existing system and undertake collective agencies toPolicy communities and interest groups i Public communities consist of govt agencies interest groups corporations the media and academics ii Consulting with external groups gives LEGITIMACY to g Interest groups targets and methods1Bureaucracy close relationship bt interest groups and most relevant govt agencies development of a clientele relationship where the interest group and the government agencies are interchangeable i e CMA and Health Canada Canadian Federation of AgricultureAgriculture and Agrifoods Canada 2 the PM cabinet ministers
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