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The New American Political System: Popular Discontent and Professional Government

  • Steven E. Schier and Todd E. Eberly
From the journal The Forum


America’s current national political system got much of its shape from transformations engendered between 1960 and 1980. Owing to the rise in education levels among all Americans and the need for professional legislators, bureaucrats, legislative and professional staff, judges, and lobbyists, America witnessed the rise of “professional government” to carry out ever-growing governmental responsibilities. These governing professionals are an elite built on merit through occupational accomplishment, and many of them seek to rule regardless of voter participation. This has furthered the sense of disconnect among the public and created a self-reinforcing chain. Popular discontent and professional government are central and related features of the contemporary American political system.

Published Online: 2012-7-31

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