The Democratic Paradox: The Waning of Popular Sovereignty and the Pathologies of American Politics

Robert Y. Shapiro, Larry Jacobs

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Abstract

This chapter identifies the problems associated with the American democracy, particularly those related to the government's political leaders and other elites. It takes a look at the factors which drive the policy goals of the political elites, and notes that most of the new online media and traditional press have focused on strategically manipulating the political elites. The chapter also highlights the possible solutions for the American democracy, such as reform.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationThe Oxford Handbook of American Public Opinion and the Media
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Electronic)9780191728389
ISBN (Print)9780199545636
DOIs
StatePublished - May 19 2011

Keywords

  • American democracy
  • Online media
  • Policy goals
  • Political elites
  • Reform
  • Strategic manipulation
  • Traditional press

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    Shapiro, R. Y., & Jacobs, L. (2011). The Democratic Paradox: The Waning of Popular Sovereignty and the Pathologies of American Politics. In The Oxford Handbook of American Public Opinion and the Media Oxford University Press. https://doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199545636.003.0043