Political sociology: thoughts on the shifting ground of US democracy

Methodological Standpoint

My present view on how to study US democracy from the point of view of a political sociology comes out of research begun in the early 2000s. The view depends on the following standpoint: understanding US democracy is recognizing a shifting institutional ground. More and more, the traditional tenets of US democracy such as constitutional law, checks and balances, and electoral outcomes appear instead to be the product of sociological performance, communicative contestation, and new cultural forms of power and capital. The idea of participative democracy is not only tenable, it is must be part of and perhaps central to any empirical undertaking into the study of US political behavior and structure.

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One Response to Political sociology: thoughts on the shifting ground of US democracy

  1. Kate Zen says:

    Where does participatory actually democracy exist in the United States?

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