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While most American politics texts address American politics from a pluralist perspective, THE IRONY OF DEMOCRACY: AN UNCOMMON INTRODUCTION TO AMERICAN POLITICS, Fourteenth Edition, approaches the subject by addressing the theme of elitism and contrasting it with democratic theory and modern pluralist theory. Its key question is, "How democratic is American society?"
Table of Contents
|The Irony of Democracy|
|The Founding Fathers: The Nation's First Elite|
|The Evolution of American Elites|
|Elites in America|
|Masses in America|
|Political Parties and Ideologies|
|Elections, Money, and the Myths of Democracy|
|Organized Interests: Defenders of the Status Quo|
|The Bureaucratic Elite|
|Congress: The Legislative Elite|
|Courts: Elites in Black Robes|
|American Federalism: Elites in States and Communities|
|Elite Response to Mass Protest|
|Public Policy: How Elites Make Decisions|
|Epilogue: What Can Students Do?|
|Appendix: The Constitution of the United States of America|
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