Interest groups play an important role as the “voice” of the people to advocate for their rights and push forward their agenda. Thus, without some interest groups or pressure groups, the voice and the rights of the people can easily be stifled by a rogue administration.
Certain interest groups are strong enough to influence legislation by convincing legislators to pass laws that protect public interests.
Interest groups also have a responsibility to exercise oversight over decisions made by those in authority. They monitor and take corrective action to address oppressive decisions or actions by the administration.
Although interest groups are essential in any democratic society, they can also pose some challenges to the same society and the government.
Some interest groups are established to protect interests of the powerful. In such a situation, the interest group can use its influence and available funds to corrupt the system to ensure the environment remains favorable for their activities.
Powerful interest groups can also compromise the ability of the government to make decisions, including progressive decisions.