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The Unheavenly Chorus – Unequal Political Voice and the Broken Promise of American Democracy - Princeton Scholarship Online
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The Unheavenly Chorus: Unequal Political Voice and the Broken Promise of American Democracy

Kay Lehman Schlozman, Sidney Verba, and Henry E. Brady


Politically active individuals and organizations make huge investments of time, energy, and money to influence everything from election outcomes to congressional subcommittee hearings to local school politics, while other groups and individual citizens seem woefully underrepresented in our political system. This book is a comprehensive and systematic examination of political voice in America, and its findings are sobering. The book looks at the political participation of individual citizens alongside the political advocacy of thousands of organized interests—membership associations such as uni ... More

Keywords: political voice, America, American democracy, political inequality, class inequality, organized interests, political advantage, political activity

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780691154848
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691154848.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Kay Lehman Schlozman, author
Boston College

Sidney Verba, author
Harvard University

Henry E. Brady, author
University of California, Berkeley

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Part I Thinking about Inequality and Political Voice

Part II Inequality of Political Voice and Individual Participation

Part III Inequality of Political Voice and Organized Interest Activity

Part IV Can We Change the Accent of the Unheavenly Chorus?