Pluralism, in political science, the view that in liberal democracies power is (or should be) dispersed among a variety of economic and ideological pressure groups and is not (or should not be) held by a single elite or group of elites. Pluralism assumes that diversity is beneficial to society and that autonomy should be enjoyed by disparate functional or cultural groups within a society, including religious groups, trade unions, professional organizations, and ethnic minorities.
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interest group: Pluralism
Pluralism and neo-corporatism are the two primary theories that have been put forward to explain interest group influence…
Pluralism was stressed most vigorously in England during the early 20th century by a group of writers that included Frederic Maitland, Samuel G. Hobson, Harold Laski, Richard H. Tawney, and George Douglas Howard Cole, who reacted against what they alleged to be the alienation of the individual under conditions