6.4 Political Pressures

6.4.1  Overview of Pressures on Politicians

influencing politicians: public, media, interest groups and money

6.4.2  Politicians Interacting Directly with the Public

politicians try to please the public because they need its support

6.4.3  The Role of the Media in Politics

news media can influence people, sometimes misleading them

6.4.4  Interest Groups and Pressure Groups

groups of people with a shared interest, who can influence politicians

6.4.5  Payments to Politicians and Political Parties

wealthy donors (some overseas) can buy influence and distort democracy

6.4.6  Balancing the Pressures on Politicians

extreme opinions distort a politician’s perspective; balance is needed



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