Interest Groups may be defined as an organization that persuades elected officials to enact legislation favorable to its causes. They focus on single issues. For example, Animal rights groups such as People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) and environmental interest groups such as GREENPEACE usually organize as PUBLIC-INTEREST GROUPS. These groups claim to work not for self-interest but for the best interest of the public (“Interest Groups”). Political parties are defined as a group of voters organized to support certain public policies. The aim of a political party is to elect officials who will try to carry out the party 's policies. They focus on A political party offers candidates for public office. It sets positions on issues that may range from war and taxes to children’s education. When people in a democracy disagree about what the government should do, voters express their opinions by voting for the candidates that closely act upon their views. Political parties provide a way for voters to easily identify a candidate’s position. Example, Republican Party, Democrat Party (Flanders).
Just as in a family where everyone is related and share common characteristics, there are still notable differences between members. While both play crucial roles in our government, they have differences. These similarities and differences can be seen between the interest groups and political parties are three main areas:
1. Their purpose
2. The internal politics of each…