Reading Report 2 Essay Example

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Government-Business Relations 1004PPP – Reading Report

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Reading full reference

Conley, T. 2013. ‘The Great Transformation? The Political Economy of Structural Change in Australia,’ in Government and Business in Volatile Times, chapter 6, p.89-104

Main point(s) made by the author(s)

The author describes interest groups as democratic organizations that provide opportunities for participation of ordinary citizens in political issues. He goes ahead and states the primary objectives of interest groups which are, to provide government with useful information sounding boards for proposals of policy, encourage participation and represents a community’s dissatisfaction. A negative point to note is that, interest groups represent particular interests instead of the interests of a community at large.

The author goes ahead and mentions the types of interest groups. He defines sectional interest groups as groups that have more particular issues while promotional interest groups are concerned with idea promotion.

Finally, the author compares different patterns of interest groups in Australia, US, Sweden and japan. He explains the similarity of Japan’s and Sweden’s close relationship between business and government’s variation in dynamics and the use of a democratic mode in US and Australia where governments adjust the demands of competing groups.

Evidence and examples used

The author acknowledges the contribution of interest groups to the world of business and politics. He clearly notes that some groups have more power and resources than others and so are able to have their demands met. He supports this argument by providing a case study on green peace lobbying group.

Strong and convincing parts of the text

The use of policy communities, public service and lobbying in ensuring the governments responsiveness to the community at large is particularly informative and convincing. The excerpt states the connection between the lobbying industry, public service, policy networks and the government

Weak and unconvincing parts of the text

The section on business interest groups and their political strategies is not well covered. The argument on the importance of business in an economic system is not completely satisfactory and convincing.