Anti-Democratic Demos: Public Ignorance & Congress

Kersh, R.
Critical Review 1998, Volume 12 Number 4.

In representing a fragmented pluralist polity, the U.S. Congress inevitably exhibits high levels of conflict and disagreement. Increasingly, the American public finds such conflict-the ordinary procedures of legislative democracy-distasteful. As members of Congress pay closer attention to approval ratings and other poll measures, their natural inclination may be to avoid legislating, especially on controversial issues. This response to the preference of the demos has profoundly antidemocratic implications.