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American democracy : from Tocqueville to town halls to Twitter

Author: Andrew J Perrin
Publisher: Cambridge, UK ; Malden, MA : Polity Press, 2014.
Series: Political sociology series.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Shows that rules and institutions, while important, are not the core of democracy. Instead, as Alexis de Tocqueville showed in the early years of the American republic, democracy is first and foremost a matter of culture: the shared ideas, practices, and technologies that help individuals combine into publics and achieve representation. Re-interpreting democracy as culture reveals the ways the media, public opinion  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Andrew J Perrin
ISBN: 9780745662329 0745662323 9780745662336 0745662331
OCLC Number: 869792914
Description: ix, 228 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm.
Contents: Introduction --
History and theory of democracy --
Voting, civil society, and citizenship --
Deliberation, representation, and legislation --
Public opinion, policy responsiveness, and feedback --
Media, communications, and political knowledge --
Democratic culture and practice in postmodern America.
Series Title: Political sociology series.
Responsibility: Andrew J. Perrin.
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In this groundbreaking book, sociologist Andrew Perrin shows that rules and institutions, while important, are not the core of democracy.  Read more...

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