American Politics: The Promise of Disharmony / Edition 1

American Politics: The Promise of Disharmony / Edition 1

by Samuel P. Huntington
     
 

Huntington examines the persistent, radical gap between the promise of American ideals and the performance of American politics. He shows how Americans, throughout their history as a nation, have been united by the democratic creed of liberty, equality, and hostility to authority. At the same time he reveals how, inevitably, these ideals have been perennially… See more details below

Overview

Huntington examines the persistent, radical gap between the promise of American ideals and the performance of American politics. He shows how Americans, throughout their history as a nation, have been united by the democratic creed of liberty, equality, and hostility to authority. At the same time he reveals how, inevitably, these ideals have been perennially frustrated through the institutions and hierarchies required to carry on the essential functions of governing a democratic society.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780674030213
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Publication date:
02/04/2004
Series:
Belknap Series
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
0.71(w) x 6.00(h) x 9.00(d)

Table of Contents

1. The Disharmonic Polity

"Our Practice of Your Principles"

The One, the Two, and the Many:
Structural Paradigms of American Politics

Ideals versus Institutions

2. The American Creed and National Identity

Political Thought in America

Sources, Scope, and Stability of the Creed

Political Ideas and National Identity

3. The Gap: The American Creed versus Political

Authority Consensus and Instability

The Gap in Comparative Perspective

4. Coping with the Gap

The American Case of Cognitive Dissonance

Patterns of Response

The Gap and American Political Style

5. The Politics of Creedal Passion

Creedal Passion Periods in American History

The Climate of Creedal Passion

Creedal Conflict: The Movement and the Establishment

Reform and its Limits

Political Earthquakes and Realignment

6. The Sources of Creedal Passion

Why Creedal Passion Periods?

General Sources: Comparable Phenomena in Other Societies

Specific Sources: The Timing of Creedal Passion Periods

Original Sources: The Roots of It All in the English Revolution

The Protestantism of American Politics

7. The S&S Years, 1960-1975

From the Fifties to the Seventies: The Changing Pattern of Response

Complacency and the End(?) of Ideology

Interlude of Hypocrisy, Surge of Moralism

The Mobilization of Protest

The Dynamics of Exposure

The Legacies

Reform and the IvI Gap

Institutional Realignment

The Misuse and Erosion of Authority

Cynicism and the Restoration of Authority

8. The Viability of American Ideals and Institutions

The Future of the Gap

History versus Progress?

America versus the World?

Power and Liberty: The Myth of American Repression

The Promise of Disappointment

Notes

Index

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