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Stealth Democracy: Americans' Beliefs About How Government Should Work (Cambridge Studies in Public Opinion and Political Psychology) Paperback – October 7, 2002

ISBN-13: 978-0521009867 ISBN-10: 0521009863 Edition: 0th

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  • Series: Cambridge Studies in Public Opinion and Political Psychology
  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press (October 7, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521009863
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521009867
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,183,456 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A compelling challenge to the prominent view that government participation leads to better government." The Futurist

"This wonderfully provocative book uses survey data and interviews to support hypotheses that run against the conventional scholarly wisdom about what is wrong with the US political system.... This excellent contribution to the sociological and political science literature on participation is written in a clear, occasionally witty, and understandable prose that all will appreciate. Essential." Choice

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Stealth Democracy examines how people want their democratic government to work. It finds that Americans don't like many of the practices associated with democracy--the conflict, the debates, the compromises. They don't want to have to see democracy in practice and they do not want to be involved in politics. If they had their way, political decisions would be made by decision makers who were not at all selfish because then the people would be free from having to monitor government and could pursue the multitude of interests they find more enjoyable

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Stealth Democracy gives the reader a deeper understanding of how democracy works within the United States. It explains that people want the government basically run on it's own (stealth) but still be visible when the people want to see that it is acting in the interest of the people.
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