International Organizations: Pressure Group Materials
Description: Pressure groups can be defined as organized groups that do not put up candidates for election but seek to influence government policy or legislation. They provide a means of popular participation in national politics between elections. This collection from the Institute of Commonwealth Studies at the University of London includes material issued by 22 international pressure groups from 1950 onward, mainly focused on Africa and South Africa. Among these are materials issued by the Anti-Apartheid Movement, Anti-Slavery International, Coalition to Stop the Use of Child Soldiers, Movement for Religious Freedom in Africa, World Summit on Sustainable Development, and others. There is an emphasis on primary materials--including pamphlets, party constitutions, policy statements, convention reports and election manifestos.