Organized Groups in British National Politics

Organized Groups in British National Politics

Organized Groups in British National Politics

Organized Groups in British National Politics

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...the annual reports, very stiff and starchy they are of necessity...and they must be studied for they are important.

-- G. H. Giles, Esq., Secretary, British Optical Association

... Physiotherapy is the official journal of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy....

The word 'official' is important. It means that unsigned or editorial material reflects the policies of the Society. Often enough -- and wrongly -- a similar interpretation is given to signed material.

-- Chartered Society of Physiotherapy

Among academic students of British politics there has recently been considerable interest in 'pressure groups'. It is a natural subject for American political scientists visiting Britain. As long ago as 1930 E. Pendleton Herring, having just made a study of group representation before Congress, wrote an article entitled 'Great Britain has Lobbies Too'. There were a few articles in British non-academic publications in the nineteen-forties and early 'fifties, such as Daphne Rands 'The Housewives: a Pressure Group?' in Persuasion for September-October 1948. But the bibliography of the recent academic interest begins with the publication in the British Journal of Sociology for June 1955 of W. J. M. Mackenzie 'Pressure Groups in British Government', which accounts for the interest and relates it to other ways of looking at British politics.

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