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Contents Preface 1 Interests and Principles in Political Life The Principles of Cynical Realism Altruism and Interests Interests and Principles Principles as Political Weapons Becoming Realistically Cynical 2 Public Opinion: Myths and Realities Advertising Publicity Measuring Opinion 3 Elections and the Limits of Popular Government Voting as a Means of Regulating Popular Political Activity The Limits of Voting Political Marketing 4 Private Interests and Public Policies Mobilization Bias Organizational Bias Private Capture Pathologies of Government 5 Popular Influence and State Power Who Governs? Delegation of Power Presidential Power The Citizen and the State 6 Conclusion: Why Participate in Politics? The Myth of Political Leadership Public Lies and Private Purposes State Secrets Practicing Defensive Politics Notes Index About the Author
Library of Congress Subject Headings for this publication:
Political ethics -- United States.
Power (Social sciences) -- United States.
United States -- Politics and government.
Political corruption -- United States.
Elections -- United States.
Representative government and representation -- United States.
Voting -- United States.