The Irony of Democracy: An Uncommon Introduction to American Politics

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Cengage Learning, Jan 3, 2008 - Political Science - 448 pages
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While most American politics texts address American politics from a pluralist perspective, THE IRONY OF DEMOCRACY: AN UNCOMMON INTRODUCTION TO AMERICAN POLITICS, Fourteenth Edition, approaches the subject by addressing the theme of elitism and contrasting it with democratic theory and modern pluralist theory. Its key question is, How democratic is American society?
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The irony of democracy is that government "by the people" will not survive if the elites fail to govern wisely. Citing the repeated findings of V.O. Key, [2] the competence of political activists is ... Read full review

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Worst test book I have ever read. Index is terrible. There is no glossary. Information is not well organized.... the list goes on and on....

Contents

THE IRONY OF DEMOCRACY
1
THE FOUNDING FATHERS THE NATIONS FIRST ELITE
19
THE EVOLUTION OF AMERICAN ELITES
49
ELITES IN AMERICA
73
MASSES IN AMERICA
95
ELITEMASS COMMUNICATION
123
POLITICAL PARTIES AND IDEOLOGIES
147
ELECTIONS MONEY AND THE MYTHS OF DEMOCRACY
169
THE BUREAUCRATIC ELITE
245
CONGRESS THE LEGISLATIVE ELITE
275
COURTS ELITES IN BLACK ROBES
309
AMERICAN FEDERALISM ELITES IN STATES AND COMMUNITIES
329
CIVIL RIGHTS ELITE RESPONSE TO PROTEST
351
ELITES AND NATIONAL SECURITY
375
WHAT CAN STUDENTS DO?
401
THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
404

ORGANIZED INTERESTS NOT THE PEOPLE
197
THE PRESIDENCY
217

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Thomas R. Dye is Emeritus Professor of Political Science at Florida State University. He received his B.S. and M.A. from Pennsylvania State University and his Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania. He is the author of numerous books and articles on American government and public policy. Dye has served as president of the Southern Political Science Association, president of the Policy Studies Organization, and secretary of the American Political Science Association. He is the recipient of the Harold Laswell Award for career contributions to the study of public policy and the Donald C. Stone Award for career contributions to the study of federalism. He received the Outstanding Alumni Award in 2001 from Penn State's College of Liberal Arts. Dye has taught at the University of Pennsylvania, the University of Wisconsin, and the University of Georgia. He served as visiting scholar at Bar-Elan University, Israel, and the Brookings Institution, Washington, D.C.

Harmon Zeigler taught at numerous universities, including Florida State University, Emory University, the University of Georgia, the University of Oregon, State University of New York (Stony Brook), New York University, and the University of Washington. Abroad, he taught at the University of Oslo, Sydney University, and Passau University. In addition to THE IRONY OF DEMOCRACY: AN UNCOMMON INTRODUCTION TO AMERICAN POLITICS, he and Thomas R. Dye wrote AMERICAN POLITICS IN THE MEDIA AGE. His other books include INTEREST GROUPS IN AMERICAN SOCIETY; GOVERNING AMERICAN SCHOOLS (with Kent Jennings); THE QUEST FOR RESPONSIVE GOVERNMENT (with Harvey Tucker); THE POLITICAL COMMUNITY, PLURALISM, CORPORATISM AND CONFUCIANISM; and POLITICAL PARTIES IN INDUSTRIAL DEMOCRACIES. He received two Fulbright awards and was named a Guggenheim Fellow in 1970.

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