The Voice of the People: Public Opinion and Democracy

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Yale University Press, 1997 - Political Science - 252 pages
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Ours is an era of stunted public discourse, this text argues, where instant polls, 900 numbers, orchestrated petitions and talk-show campaigning appear to have overwhelmed participatory democracy. What has become of the freely reasoned public debate and informed consent of the governed that, as cherished principle, we hold will produce better leaders and better public decisions? Where or what is the voice of the people today?
  

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Fishkin (government, Univ. of Texas) explores the ways in which the people have made their opinions known in democratic systems from ancient Athens to America. In his search for "the voice of the ... Read full review

Contents

WHO SPEAKS FOR THE PEOPLE?
17
3
64
WHO ARE THE PEOPLE?
97
GIVING THE PEOPLE VOICE
134
The National Issues Convention and Beyond
177
APPENDIX
205
APPENDIX C
212
APPENDIX
221
NOTES
229
INDEX
245
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