Irony of Democracy An Uncommon Introduction to American Politics

ISBN-10: 0495501239
ISBN-13: 9780495501237
Edition: 14th 2009
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Description: 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  More...

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List price: $122.95
Edition: 14th
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Wadsworth
Publication date: 1/3/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 448
Size: 7.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.430
Language: English

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?"

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.

The Irony of Democracy
The Founding Fathers: The Nation's First Elite
The Evolution of American Elites
Elites in America
Masses in America
Elite-Mass Communication
Political Parties and Ideologies
Elections, Money, and the Myths of Democracy
Organized Interests: Defenders of the Status Quo
The Presidency
The Bureaucratic Elite
Congress: The Legislative Elite
Courts: Elites in Black Robes
American Federalism: Elites in States and Communities
Elite Response to Mass Protest
Public Policy: How Elites Make Decisions
Epilogue: What Can Students Do?
Appendix: The Constitution of the United States of America
Index

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