Interest Groups and Political Parties Comparison Essay by Master Researcher

Interest Groups and Political Parties
An overview of the way interest groups and political parties impact the Canadian political system.
# 39400 | 1,900 words | 5 sources | MLA | 2002 | US

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This paper examines the role of interest groups and political parties in the Canadian political process. The paper identifies their roles and compares and contrasts them. The paper shows how interest groups seek just to influence the government while political parties seek to gain power and take control of the government.

Interest Groups
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From the Paper:

"There are approximately 20 million Canadian citizens or eligible voters. There are less than 300 Members of Parliament and there is only one Prime Minister. For this reason it is very difficult for an individual to express their opinion on an issue directly to Parliament or to the Prime Minister. In practical terms it is impossible.
"For this reason organizations have developed that mediate between the government or the political process and the individual. The two most common and most important of these are political parties and interest groups. Political parties, theoreticlaly, unite like-minded people in the pursuit of political power and the opportunity to implement the policy alternatives that they feel are best. The political party, and the individual as a member of a political party, has greater influence than an individual in iolation with their single vote.
"In a slightly different manner interest groups also mediate between the individual and the political structures. Interest groups represent specific groups of common interests. When the Senate Standing Committee on Banking conducts hearing into bank mergers every small business in Canada cannot be there to testify. The Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) represents a large number of small- and medium-sized businesses as their interest group."

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