In every governing body of a country, there are interest groups. Their work is to lobby the authorities on issues they feel are not well-taken care of. They usually represent groups of people with similar interests and facing similar challenges. The following are characteristics of interest groups in the Netherlands.
They are Professional
Interest groups in the Netherlands consist of trained personnel. They undergo vigorous training before embarking on their duties. These people are expected to deliver results, once assigned the lobbying task. Training may be done internally or externally, by the lobbying organisations. When handling situations, they follow particular procedures to make sure they do not break any laws; at the same time, making sure their requests are fulfilled.
In the Netherlands, interest groups are well organised. They form as one voice and have a specific form of leadership. Each interest group specialises in a particular field. Thus, it becomes difficult to find unruly groups, since each knows what they represent. They have a code of conduct which each interest group should follow. Financially, these groups manage how they will run, without necessarily burdening their members. They may run income-generating projects, which serves as a great relief to the financial burden.
They are Tactical
Since these groups represent particular groups of people, they make sure that these people feel represented. They do not perform ad hoc representations, but form strategies before acting. The strategic implementation is always accurate, and keen on details. Also, they make sure they present their grievances at the perfect time. Proper timing is crucial, as it determines the outcome of their input.
Understanding how these interest groups work, and their role in society is vital. Authorities may not always meet the expectations of what their citizens want, and this is why these groups are formed. They are an excellent platform for airing such complaints.