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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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Conclusion: Equal Voice and the Promise of American Democracy

Conclusion: Equal Voice and the Promise of American Democracy

(p.574) 18 Conclusion: Equal Voice and the Promise of American Democracy
The Unheavenly Chorus

Kay Lehman Schlozman

Sidney Verba

Henry E. Brady

Princeton University Press

This chapter reiterates the findings so far discussed in this volume, and discusses how this book has helped to not only bring to light the persistent inequalities of political voice, but also contributed to the cause of equality of political voice and its tandem issues. After all, the inequalities of political voice this book has documented so extensively threaten the democratic principle of equal responsiveness to all. This chapter thus argues that to recognize the inequalities of political voice, to listen more carefully to the accent of the “unheavenly chorus,” and to take measures to include a more representative set of singers would be a step toward delivering on the promise of American democracy.

Keywords:   political voice, inequalities, political voice, American democracy, political participation, equal responsiveness, equality

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