The Politics of Agenda-Building: An Alternative Perspective for Modern Democratic Theory

  title={The Politics of Agenda-Building: An Alternative Perspective for Modern Democratic Theory},
  author={Roger W. Cobb and Charles D. Elder},
  journal={The Journal of Politics},
  pages={892 - 915}
The fall of the Weimar Republic and the rise of Nazi and fascist movements in the first half of the twentieth century sent out tremors that were to shake the very foundations of democratic thought. As a simple act of faith, democratic theorists had assumed that the common man had both the right and the ability to participate in his own governance. If given the opportunity, the overwhelming majority of people in any polity would presumedly be reasonable, relatively rational, and responsible… 
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