9780495501237

The Irony of Democracy An Uncommon Introduction to American Politics

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  • ISBN13:

    9780495501237

  • ISBN10:

    0495501239

  • Edition: 14th
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 1/3/2008
  • Publisher: Wadsworth Publishing
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Summary

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
Elite-Mass Communication
Political Parties and Ideologies
Elections, Money, and the Myths of Democracy
Organized Interests: Defenders of the Status Quo
The Presidency
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
Index
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