Audit 2017: How democratic and effective is the interest group process in the UK?

11 Aug 2017

Between elections, the interest group process (along with media and social media coverage) is a key way in which citizens can seek to communicate with their MPs and other representatives, and to influence government policy-makers. As part of our 2017 Audit of UK Democracy, Patrick Dunleavy considers how far different social groups can gain access and influence decision-makers. How democratically does it operate, and how effectively are UK citizens’ interests considered?