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This is the 15th edition with a publication date of 1/1/2011.
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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|
|Elections, Parties and Democracy|
|Elites and Organized Interests|
|Congress: the Legislative Elite|
|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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