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John Gastil challenges conventional assumptions about public opinion, elections, and political expression in this persuasive treatise on how to revitalize the system of representative democracy in the United States.

Gastil argues that American citizens have difficulty developing clear policy interests, seldom reject unrepresentative public officials, and lack a strong publi
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Paperback, 275 pages
Published August 1st 2000 by University of California Press (first published 2000)
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"There are two fundamental problems in American politics. The first is the most Americans do not believe that elected officials represent their interests. The second is that they are correct."

The first two lines of By Popular Demand identify the mistrust felt by so many Americans toward their political institutions. Gastil thoroughly outlines why our representative democracy needs help, and then persuasively demonstrates why deliberation can be a prominent solution.

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John Gastil is a professor in the Department of Communication Arts and Sciences at Penn State University, where he also serves as Senior Scholar at the McCourtney Institute for Democracy. The National Science Foundation has supported numerous large-scale research programs for which he has served as a principal investigator.

Gastil has worked on campaigns for federal, state, and local office in Cali
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