The Democratic Wish: Popular Participation and the Limits of American Government / Edition 2

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This book reinterprets more than 200 years of American political history as the interplay between the public's dread of government power and its yearning for communal democracy. James Morone argues that Americans will never solve their collective problems as long as they instinctively fear all public power as a threat to liberty. This revised edition includes a new final chapter about contemporary populism, government bashing, and democratic wishes.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780300074659
  • Publisher: Yale University Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/1998
  • Edition description: Revised Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 416
  • Sales rank: 470,887
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 8.55 (h) x 0.93 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Democratic Wish
I State Building and the People
1 Representation, Revolution, and Republic 33
2 The Resistible Rise of the Common Man: Jacksonian Democracy 74
3 Administrative Science and the People: The Progressive Movement 97
4 Progressive Administration without the People: The New Deal 129
II The People and Reform: The Political Reconstruction of Class, Race, and Profession
5 The Reconstruction of Working-Class Politics 145
6 The Reconstruction of Racial Politics 186
7 The Reconstruction of Medical Politics 253
8 Elusive Community: Democratic Wishes for the 21st Century 322
Notes 339
Index 391
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