Paradox of American Democracy: Elites, Special Interests, and the Betrayal of Public Trust / Edition 1

Paradox of American Democracy: Elites, Special Interests, and the Betrayal of Public Trust / Edition 1

by John B. Judis
     
 

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ISBN-10: 041593026X

ISBN-13: 2900415930269

Pub. Date: 03/28/2001

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

In the Paradox of American Democracy, one of our most insightful political commentators turns the conventional view of democracy on its head. John Judis shows that it's never been enough to have active public participation; American democracy has also depended on an enlightened political establishment to shape public opinion on behalf of the national interest. Our

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In the Paradox of American Democracy, one of our most insightful political commentators turns the conventional view of democracy on its head. John Judis shows that it's never been enough to have active public participation; American democracy has also depended on an enlightened political establishment to shape public opinion on behalf of the national interest. Our political system suffers today because those who once made up this establishment now put their minds and reputation at the service of special interests. the Paradox of American Democracy goes straight to the heart of why American politics isn't working and what can be done about it.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2900415930269
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
03/28/2001
Series:
Current Affairs/History Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
320

Table of Contents

Introductionix
1.The Paradox of Democracy3
2.The Development of Democratic Pluralism33
3.The Great American Celebration59
4.The Legacy of the Sixties80
5.Business and the Rise of K Street109
6.The Triumph of Conservatism137
7.The Apostasy of the Elites156
8.The Conservative Crack-up180
9.The Frustration of Reform202
10.Sleepwalking Toward the Millennium227
11.Conclusion252
Notes262
Acknowledgments287
Index289

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