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The unheavenly chorus : unequal political voice and the broken promise of American democracy

Author: Kay Lehman Schlozman; Sidney Verba; Henry E Brady
Publisher: Princeton ; Oxford : Princeton University Press, ©2012.
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"Politically active individuals and organizations make huge investments of time, energy, and money to influence everything from election outcomes to congressional subcommittee hearings to local school politics, while other groups and individual citizens seem woefully underrepresented in our political system. The Unheavenly Chorus is the most comprehensive and systematic examination of political voice in America ever  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Kay Lehman Schlozman; Sidney Verba; Henry E Brady
ISBN: 9780691154848 0691154848 0691159866 9780691159867
OCLC Number: 761850868
Awards: Winner of PROSE Awards: Government & Politics 2012.
Description: xxix, 693 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction : democracy and political voice --
Part I: Thinking about equality and political voice. The (ambivalent) tradition of equality in America --
The context : growing economic inequality and weakening unions --
Equal voice and the dilemmas of democracy --
Part II: Inequality of political voice and individual participation. Does unequal voice matter? --
The persistence of unequal voice --
Unequal at the starting line : the intergenerational persistence of political inequality / with Nancy Burns --
Political participation over the life cycle / with Jennifer Erkulwater --
Political activism and electoral democracy : perspectives on economic inequality and political polarization --
Part III: Inequality of political voice and organized interest activity. Political voice through organized interests : introductory matters --
Who sings in the heavenly chorus? The shape of the organized interest system / with Traci Burch and Philip Edward Jones --
The changing pressure community --
Beyond organizational categories --
Political voice through organized interest activity / with Philip Edward Jones and Traci Burch --
Part IV: Can we change the accent of the unheavenly chorus? Breaking the pattern through political recruitment --
Weapon of the strong? Participatory inequality and the internet --
What, if anything, is to be done? / with Shauna Shames --
Conclusion : equal voice and the promise of American democracy.
Responsibility: Kay Lehman Schlozman, Sidney Verba, Henry E. Brady.

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