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Public Opinion and American Democracy


reviewed by Edward J. Bernays 1964

coverTitle: Public Opinion and American Democracy
Author(s): V. O. Key
Publisher: John Wiley, New York
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In Public Opinion and American Democracy, V. O. Key, Jr., professor of political science at Harvard, takes a new approach to his subject. He discards the shibboleths and assumptions about public opinion and examines political processes and public opinion on the basis of the findings of the sociologists and social psychologists. He is particularly concerned with the linkage between public opinion and the action of political policy and decision makers. Dr. Key has done the academic profession and politics a real service in bringing between two covers and ably organizing the material widely scattered in professional journals and books that deal with social science research with public opinion. He organizes his data into logical categories. Patterns of distribution of public opinion include research findings on consensus, conflict, and concentration of public opinion. Next, the structural distribution of public opinion includes the findings on geography, occupation and class, and the interrelations of... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 65 Number 5, 1964, p. 466-466
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 2770, Date Accessed: 12/13/2017 11:05:53 PM

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