American Politics: The Promise of Disharmony


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Huntington examines the persistent, radical gap between the promise of American ideals and the performance of American politics. He shows how Americans, throughout their history as a nation, have been united by the democratic creed of liberty, equality, and hostility to authority. At the same time he reveals how, inevitably, these ideals have been perennially frustrated through the institutions and hierarchies required to carry on the essential functions of governing a democratic society.

American Politics: The Promise of Disharmony 1983, Belknap Press, Cambridge

ISBN-13: 9780674030213

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American Politics: The Promise of Disharmony, 1981, Belknap Press, Cambridge, MA

ISBN-13: 9780674030206