6.4 Political Pressures
Unsolicited political pressures can persuade governments to be responsive, but they tilt the balance of power on behalf of specific groups.
influencing politicians: public, media, interest groups and money
politicians try to please the public because they need its support
news media can influence people and politicians, sometimes misleading them
groups of people with a shared interest, who can influence politicians
wealthy donors can buy influence and distort democracy
extreme opinions distort a politician’s perspective; balance is needed
The next segment describes ways of consulting the people, either by electing politicians as representatives or by involving them directly.