The Irony of Democracy: An Uncommon Introduction to American Politics

The Irony of Democracy: An Uncommon Introduction to American Politics

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  • Binding: Paperback
  • Author: Louis Schubert;Thomas R. Dye;Harmon Zeigler
  • Publish Date: 2015-01-01


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The question at the center of the seventeenth edition of THE IRONY OF DEMOCRACY is How democratic is American society? While most American government books address politics from a pluralist perspective (the theory that many groups of people share power in the United States), this book approaches the subject using an elitist perspective (the theory that only a tiny number of people make the decisions that shape our lives). By exposing the irony between elitism and democratic theory and modern pluralism, this eye-opening book helps readers understand why the U.S. government works as it does.

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