Conclusion

We began this book by arguing that the conventional wisdom in political science regularly underestimates both the American public’s political abilities and the responsiveness of Congress to the public. The contribution we most hope to make is to encourage scholars to take a look at the democratic ci...

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Published in: Americans, Congress, and Democratic Responsiveness p. 145
Main Authors: David R. Jones, Monika L. McDermott
Format: Book Chapter
Language: English
Published: University of Michigan Press 08-04-2010
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Summary: We began this book by arguing that the conventional wisdom in political science regularly underestimates both the American public’s political abilities and the responsiveness of Congress to the public. The contribution we most hope to make is to encourage scholars to take a look at the democratic citizenry and institutions in this country in a new and more positive light. Unlike many studies on American government that conclude the system is broken—particularly in relation to the political capabilities of Americans and their Congress—our research provides welcome news. In our story, both Americans and their Congress display the type
ISBN: 9780472116942
0472116940
DOI: 10.3998/mpub.1137179.11