Stealth Democracy Americans' Beliefs about How Government Should Work

ISBN-10: 0521009863
ISBN-13: 9780521009867
Edition: 2002
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Description: Americans often complain about the operation of their government, but scholars have never developed a complete picture of people's preferred type of government. In this provocative and timely book, Hibbing and Theiss-Morse, employing an original  More...

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Book details

List price: $30.99
Copyright year: 2002
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 8/29/2002
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 304
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.902
Language: English

Americans often complain about the operation of their government, but scholars have never developed a complete picture of people's preferred type of government. In this provocative and timely book, Hibbing and Theiss-Morse, employing an original national survey and focus groups, report the governmental procedures Americans desire. Contrary to the prevailing view that people want greater involvement in politics, most citizens do not care about most policies and therefore are content to turn over decision-making authority to someone else. People's wish for the political system is that decision makers be empathetic and, especially, non-self-interested, not that they be responsive and accountable to the people's largely nonexistent policy preferences or, even worse, that the people be obligated to participate directly in decision making. Hibbing and Theiss-Morse conclude by cautioning communitarians, direct democrats, social capitalists, deliberation theorists, and all those who think that greater citizen involvement is the solution to society's problems.

The Benefits of Studying the Processes People Want
Policy space and American politics
Process space: an introduction
Using process space to explain features of American politics
The Processes People Want
Attitudes toward specific processes
Public assessments of people and politicians
Americans' desire for stealth democracy
Should People Be Given the Processes They Want?
Popular deliberation and group involvement in theory
The realities of popular deliberation and group involvement
Improving government and people's attitudes toward it

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