The Democratic Paradox

Robert Y. Shapiro and Lawrence R. Jacobs

in The Oxford Handbook of American Public Opinion and the Media

Published in print May 2011 | ISBN: 9780199545636
Published online September 2011 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks of American Politics

The Democratic Paradox


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.

Keywords: American democracy; political elites; policy goals; online media; traditional press; strategic manipulation; reform

Article.  8655 words. 

Subjects: Politics ; US Politics ; Political Behaviour

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