The Irony of Democracy : An Uncommon Introduction to American Politics
10 Dec 2014
Harmon Zeigler and Thomas Dye
The question at the center of the seventeenth edition of THE IRONY OF DEMOCRACY is 'How democratic is American society?' While most American government books address politics from a pluralist perspective (the theory that many groups of people share power in the United States), this book approaches the subject using an elitist perspective (the theory that only a tiny number of people make the decisions that shape our lives). By exposing the irony between elitism and democratic theory and modern pluralism, this eye-opening book helps readers understand why the U.S. government works as it does.