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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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Introduction: Democracy and Political Voice

Introduction: Democracy and Political Voice

(p.1) 1 Introduction: Democracy and Political Voice
The Unheavenly Chorus

Kay Lehman Schlozman

Sidney Verba

Henry E. Brady

Princeton University Press

This chapter briefly engages multiple themes regarding American democracy and the “political voice.” Here, political voice is understood as any activity undertaken by individuals and organizations that has the intent or effect of influencing government action—either directly by affecting the making or implementation of public policy, or indirectly by influencing the selection of people who make those policies. The chapter provides some analyses on the inequalities of political voice and how to measure them empirically, taking into account the various factors for political participation, which complicates this investigation even further. Finally, the chapter provides further notes on the data to be analyzed in the book and presents an overview of the following chapters.

Keywords:   political voice, American democracy, public policy, inequalities, empirical analysis, political participation, creative participation, inequalities

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