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American democracy : from Tocqueville to town halls to Twitter

Author: Andrew J Perrin
Publisher: Cambridge, UK ; Malden, MA : Polity, 2014.
Series: Political sociology series.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : 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. Reinterpreting democracy as culture reveals the ways the media, public opinion  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Perrin, Andrew J., 1971-
American democracy
(OCoLC)869792914
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Andrew J Perrin
ISBN: 9780745683850 0745683851 9780745674353 0745674356
OCLC Number: 890146682
Description: 1 online resource (ix, 228 pages) : illustrations.
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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