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After 30 years in print, THE IRONY OF DEMOCRACY still offers the freshest, most clear-sighted approach to American government available. In this Twelfth Edition, the authors again present an unrepentantly elitist approach to American democracy--contending that it is the elites and not the masses that govern our country. This edition uses elite theory to provide many new unique insights, including discussion of the 2000 elections and the events surrounding September 11.
Table of Contents
|1. The Irony of Democracy|
|2. The Founding Fathers: The Nation's First Elite|
|3. The Evolution of American Elites|
|4. Elites in America|
|5. Masses in America|
|6. Elite-Mass Communication|
|7. American Political Parties: A System In Decay|
|8. Elections, Money, and the Myths of Democracy|
|9. Organized Interests: Defenders of the Status Quo|
|10. The Presidency|
|11. The Bureaucratic Elite|
|12. Congress: The Legislative Elite|
|13. Courts: Elites in Black Robes|
|14. American Federalism: Elites in States and Communities|
|15. Elite Response to Mass Protest|
|16. Public Policy: How Elites Make Decisions|
|Epilogue: What Can Students Do? Appendix: The Constitution of the United States of America|