Historical Development of Public Opinion

@article{Speier1950HistoricalDO,
  title={Historical Development of Public Opinion},
  author={Hans Speier},
  journal={American Journal of Sociology},
  year={1950},
  volume={55},
  pages={376 - 388}
}
  • H. Speier
  • Published 1 January 1950
  • Political Science
  • American Journal of Sociology
Public opinion, defined for purposes of this historical review as free and public communications from citizen to their government on matters of concern to the nation, is a phenomenon of middle-class civilization. Its attainment of political significance was accompanied and facilitated by certain changes in the economic and convivial institutions of society and by shifts in social stratification. In its early phase public opinion was preoccupied with domestic affairs, but during the French… 

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