Local Pressure Groups: The Exercise of Influence

  • David Wilson
  • Chris Game
  • Steve Leach
  • Gerry Stoker
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Part of the Government Beyond the Centre book series (GBC)

Abstract

Most studies of local communities point to an extensive local pressure group universe. Jones (1969) provided an interesting case study of Wolverhampton; Newton (1976, p. 38) identified some 4,264 local organisations in Birmingham; Cousins (1976) in his study of three South London boroughs found a similar high level of organised groupings; Bishop and Hoggett (1986) found extensive group networks even in small district councils. In most local authorities active pressure groups abound; what is less certain is the impact of such groups on the local policy-making process. This chapter sets out to explore the extent, nature and influence of such groups within local communities.

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© David Wilson and Chris Game 1994

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  • David Wilson
  • Chris Game
  • Steve Leach
  • Gerry Stoker

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