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Sectional group

AS, A-Level
AQA, Edexcel, OCR, IB

Last updated 22 Mar 2021

A sectional group is a pressure group which promotes the interests of a particular section of society. They tend to have a restricted membership as a result. Sectional groups tend to be permanent, because their members will always have interests to promote, and also will likely have strong contacts with government, as they are most likely to successfully promote their members interests in constructive partnership with the government of the day.

Examples of sectional groups include: The Confederation of British Industry (CBI), which tends to represent big businesses, including multi-national corporations. The National Farmers Union (NFU), dominated by large-scale famers, it is not as powerful as previously, environmental issues and food scares having tarnished the public image of modern farming. The Trades Union Congress (TUC) – the main representative of trade unions in Britain, which represent about 6.5 million workers. Then there is The Law Society, for Solicitor, and The British Medical Association, (BMA) for Doctors.

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