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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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Democracy

Democracy

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(p.73) 4 Democracy
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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/9780199232673.003.0005

This chapter discusses the complaints and critiques about the composition of American democracy, i.e., not only what American democracy consists of but what it should consist of to be both authentically American and authentically democratic. What is evident from the contested nature of American democracy is that empirical assessments of its performance are not only guided by normative judgements, but are themselves vehicles of disputes between and amongst other ideas with competing claims upon American priorities.

Keywords:   American democracy, authenticity, democratization, priorities

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