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The Irony of Democracy An Uncommon Introduction to American Politics

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Edition:
15th
ISBN13:

9780495802709

ISBN10:
0495802700
Format:
Paperback
Pub. Date:
1/1/2011
Publisher(s):
Wadsworth Publishing
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Summary

The question at the center of the 15th edition of THE IRONY OF DEMOCRACY is "How democratic is American society?" While most American government texts address politics from a pluralist perspective, this text approaches the subject by addressing the theme of elitism and contrasting it with democratic theory and modern pluralist theory. As a result, this text helps students understand why the U.S. government works as it does.

Table of Contents

The Irony of Democracy
The Founding Fathers: the Nation's First Elite
Elites in America
Masses in the United States
Elite-Mass Communication
Elections, Parties and Democracy
Elites and Organized Interests
Congress: the Legislative Elite
The Presidency
Courts: Elites in Black Robes
The Bureaucratic Elite
Federalism: State and Community Elites
Civil Rights: Diversifying the Elite
The United States as Global Elite
Epilogue: What Can Students Do?
Appendix: the Constitution of the United States of America
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