Definitions for interest group

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

in′terest group`(n.)

  1. a group of people drawn or acting together because of a common interest, concern, or purpose.

    Category: Government

Origin of interest group:

1905–10

Princeton's WordNet

  1. interest, interest group(noun)

    (usually plural) a social group whose members control some field of activity and who have common aims

    "the iron interests stepped up production"

Freebase

  1. Advocacy group

    Advocacy groups use various forms of advocacy to influence public opinion and/or policy; they have played and continue to play an important part in the development of political and social systems. Groups vary considerably in size, influence, and motive; some have wide ranging long term social purposes, others are focused and are a response to an immediate issue or concern. Motives for action may be based on a shared political, religious, moral, or commercial position. Groups use varied methods to try to achieve their aims including lobbying, media campaigns, publicity stunts, polls, research, and policy briefings. Some groups are supported by powerful business or political interests and exert considerable influence on the political process, others have few such resources. Some have developed into important social, political institutions or social movements. Some powerful lobby groups have been accused of manipulating the democratic system for narrow commercial gain and in some instances have been found guilty of corruption, fraud, bribery, and other serious crimes; lobbying has become increasingly regulated as a result.

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