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The Costs of Democracy

reviewed by Noble E. Cunningham, Jr. 1961

coverTitle: The Costs of Democracy
Author(s): A. Heard
Publisher: John Wiley, New York
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AMERICANS HAVE INHERITED from the past a tendency to think in surprisingly unrealistic terms about the operation of their political system. Although they have been the beneficiaries of a remarkably successfully operated political structure, they are prone to look with skepticism upon the practitioners who operate the mechanism. Politicians of professional status are suspect, and men who have remained aloof from the workings of politics are not infrequently preferred for public office to men who have created public images of themselves as politicians. Past experiences have, of course, influenced present attitudes. Corruption in politics, especially in municipal government in the late nineteenth century, left permanent impressions on the American mind. But the skepticism toward professional politicians goes much deeper than the scars left by the incidents of corruption which have from time to time marred the nation's political record. Americans early in their history seem to have developed a robust skepticism... (preview truncated at 150 words.)

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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 63 Number 1, 1961, p. 73-73
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 3105, Date Accessed: 9/19/2018 8:23:37 AM

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