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American CredoThe Place of Ideas in US Politics$
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Michael Foley

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780199232673

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199232673.001.0001

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Dealing with Ideas

Dealing with Ideas

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(p.393) 16 Dealing with Ideas
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American Credo
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Michael Foley (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199232673.003.0017

This chapter presents an overview of the ecology of ideas in American politics. It discusses the various means by which political participants engage with a multiple constituency of core values in the competitive struggle for advantage and legitimacy. It also reviews how analysts have sought to come to terms with the dual existence of a fixed set of central principles within society, and the fluid and innovative style by which these core values are articulated and aggregated for political effect.

Keywords:   American politics, core values, political discourse, legitimacy

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