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American Politics

The Promise of Disharmony

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ISBN 9780674030213

Publication: August 1983

Academic Trade

320 pages

6 tables, 1 line illustration

Belknap Press

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  • 1. The Disharmonic Polity
    • “Our Practice of Your Principles”
    • The One, the Two, and the Many: Structural Paradigms of American Politics
    • Ideals versus Institutions
  • 2. The American Creed and National Identity
    • Political Thought in America
    • Sources, Scope, and Stability of the Creed
    • Political Ideas and National Identity
  • 3. The Gap: The American Creed versus Political Authority
    • Consensus and Instability
    • The Gap in Comparative Perspective
  • 4. Coping with the Gap
    • The American Case of Cognitive Dissonance
    • Patterns of Response
    • The Gap and American Political Style
  • 5. The Politics of Creedal Passion
    • Creedal Passion Periods in American History
    • The Climate of Creedal Passion
    • Creedal Conflict: The Movement and the Establishment
    • Reform and its Limits
    • Political Earthquakes and Realignment
  • 6. The Sources of Creedal Passion
    • Why Creedal Passion Periods?
    • General Sources: Comparable Phenomena in Other Societies
    • Specific Sources: The Timing of Creedal Passion Periods
    • Original Sources: The Roots of It All in the English Revolution
    • The Protestantism of American Politics
  • 7. The S&S Years, 1960–1975
    • From the Fifties to the Seventies: The Changing Pattern of Response
    • Complacency and the End(?) of Ideology
    • Interlude of Hypocrisy, Surge of Moralism
    • The Mobilization of Protest
    • The Dynamics of Exposure
    • The Legacies
    • Reform and the IvI Gap
    • Institutional Realignment
    • The Misuse and Erosion of Authority
    • Cynicism and the Restoration of Authority
  • 8. The Viability of American Ideals and Institutions
    • The Future of the Gap
    • History versus Progress?
    • America versus the World?
    • Power and Liberty: The Myth of American Repression
    • The Promise of Disappointment
  • Notes
  • Index