Political Development
Populist Illusions and Pluralist Realities

Efforts at reform that maximize democratic access fail to acknowledge the limits of citizen capacity and interest.

Appeared in: Volume 10, Number 2 | Published on: October 3, 2014
Bruce E. Cain is a professor of political science and director of the Bill Lane Center for the American West at Stanford University. This essay is an adapted excerpt from his forthcoming book, Democracy More or Less: America’s Political Reform Quandary (Cambridge University Press).
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