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The Unheavenly ChorusUnequal Political Voice and the Broken Promise of American Democracy$
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Kay Lehman Schlozman, Sidney Verba, and Henry E. Brady

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780691154848

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691154848.001.0001

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Breaking the Pattern through Political Recruitment

Breaking the Pattern through Political Recruitment

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(p.447) 15 Breaking the Pattern through Political Recruitment
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The Unheavenly Chorus
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Kay Lehman Schlozman

Sidney Verba

Henry E. Brady

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Princeton University Press
DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691154848.003.0015

This chapter considers to what extent political recruitment can bring in a more representative set of activists and thus moderate the accent of the political chorus. It investigates ways to break a cycle deeply embedded in ongoing social and political processes, zeroing in on the possibility that the processes by which people are recruited to political activity might act as the circuit breaker. Moreover, this chapter finds that there is a process called “rational prospecting” in which those who wish to get others involved in politics follow a strategy of seeking out those prospects who are likely to assent to a request for political activity and to participate effectively when they do, with the result that ordinary processes of recruitment are actually amplifying the class bias in political voice rather than reducing it.

Keywords:   political recruitment, social processes, political processes, rational prospecting, political activity, class bias, political voice

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