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Stealth Democracy: Americans' Beliefs About How Government Should Work / Edition 1
     

Stealth Democracy: Americans' Beliefs About How Government Should Work / Edition 1

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by James H. Kuklinski
 

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ISBN-10: 0521009863

ISBN-13: 9780521009867

Pub. Date: 12/28/2010

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Examining how people want their democratic government to work, this study finds that Americans don't like many of the practices associated with democracy: the conflicts, the debates, the compromises. It finds that Americans don't want to have to see democracy in practice, nor do they want to be involved in politics. If American citizens had their way, political

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Examining how people want their democratic government to work, this study finds that Americans don't like many of the practices associated with democracy: the conflicts, the debates, the compromises. It finds that Americans don't want to have to see democracy in practice, nor do they want to be involved in politics. If American citizens had their way, political decisions would be made by unselfish decision-makers, lessening the need for monitoring government.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521009867
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
12/28/2010
Series:
Cambridge Studies in Public Opinion and Political Psychology Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
642,982
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.67(d)

Table of Contents

Part I. The Benefits of Studying the Processes People Want: 1. Policy space and American politics; 2. Process space: an introduction; 3. Using process space to explain features of American politics; Part II. The Processes People Want: 4. Attitudes toward specific processes; 5. Public assessments of people and politicians; 6. Americans' desire for stealth democracy; Part III. Should People Be Given the Processes They Want?: 7. Popular deliberation and group involvement in theory; 8. The realities of popular deliberation and group involvement; 9. Improving government and people's attitudes toward it.

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