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Public Interest Group

Interest groups whose emphasis is on advocacy for "causes" and the public interest rather than economic lobbying.

(Pal 2006, 275; Phillips, 1994)


Defined by Phillips (1994) as information networks of organizations and individuals who, on the basis of collective identity and values, engage in political and/or cultural struggle in order to expand the boundaries of the existing system and undertake collective action designed to affect both state and society. They may spawn other organizations to influence different aspects of the policy agenda.




Pal, Leslie. 2006. Beyond Policy Analysis: Public Issue Management in Turbulent Times, 3rd ed. Toronto: Nelson Education.


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