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What is the difference between Political Parties and Interest Groups?

Asked by Isa , Last updated: Jul 28, 2020

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C. Lopez

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C. Lopez, Chauffer, Chauffer, Watertown

Answered Jul 28, 2020

Political parties and interest groups might have a lot of things in common, but they are two different entities. A political party consists of people who are ready to pursue the same set of ideologies and are ready to gain power through elections. During elections, different political parties will have their candidates, which they will rally round in order to ensure that they win the elections.

However, after the elections, the losers become the opposition parties. Generally, all political parties campaign majorly with things like health care, social welfare, taxes, equality of rights, etc. Interest groups, on the other hand, are groups of people with common ideas about some issues.

They do all kinds of things within the ambit of the law to influence public opinion about certain things or issues. They differ greatly from political parties because they are newer platforms for people to contest in an election. Examples of interest groups are social groups, businesses, student unions, etc.

 

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J. Alfie, Content Writer, Masters in Literature, Dallas,Texas

Answered Jul 23, 2020

Political parties and interest groups are both related to politics. Political parties are who run a country and are who people can vote for to win the power. In the United States, there are two main political parties which are the Democrats and Republicans.

In every race, whether for Senate, Governor, or President, there are candidates for each of these political parties that a voter can vote for. Interest groups are people who come together to influence the opinion of the public. They can campaign for an idea or topic, such as gun rights, abortion rights, solar energy, and clean air.

 

W. Kaye

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W. Kaye, Ex-Marine, Post Graduate, Chapel Hill

Answered Jul 13, 2020

Political Parties and Interest Groups are actually two different bodies that connect people and politics together; but they function in different ways. The political parties actually make runs for elections in order to won and be in power.

The two perfect examples of political parties are the democrats and republicans in the United States. The focuses of political parties include social welfare, gun control, foreign relations, equality of rights, taxes, and health care. Most citizens of a country are included in a political party or the other, either registered member or just supporter.

On the other side of the coin, an interest group refers to the collection of people with the same aims and objectives, coming together to influence the opinion of the public. These sets of people can campaign for a particular interest of the populace, and not to win election. As a matter of fact, people making up an interest group can belong to different political parties. Examples of interest groups are students union, social groups, labor union, and more.

 

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