The Paradox of American Democracy: Elites, Special Interests, and the Betrayal of Public Trust

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Taylor & Francis, 2001 - Political Science - 305 pages
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Washington is big business. John B. Judis, a senior editor for the New Republic, onducts an instructive tour through this corridor of money and power in this work. Cutting to the heart of today's debate, it recommends what we can do to fix our broken system.
  

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Is America a place primarily for business or for people? This book explores that question by examining the role that elites have played in 20th-century America. Judis (senior editor, New Republic ... Read full review

Contents

The Paradox of Democracy
3
The Development of Democratic Pluralism
33
The Great American Celebration
59
The Legacy of the Sixties
80
Business and the Rise of K Street
109
The Triumph of Conservatism
137
The Apostasy of the Elites
156
The Conservative Crackup
180
The Frustration of Reform
202
Sleepwalking Toward the Millennium
227
Conclusion
252
Notes
262
Acknowledgments
287
Index
289
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John B. Judis is a senior editor at the New Republic, and a columist for The American Prospect, The New York Times Magazine, The Washington Post and the Washington Monthly among other publications. His is the author of William F. Buckley: Patron Saint of the Conservatives. He lives in Silver Spring, Maryland.

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