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Political Tolerance and American Democracy
by John L. Sullivan, James Piereson and George E. Marcus
University of Chicago Press, 1993
Cloth: 978-0-226-77990-4 | Paper: 978-0-226-77992-8
Library of Congress Classification JA74.5.S94 1982
Dewey Decimal Classification 306.20973

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ABOUT THIS BOOK
This path-breaking book reconceptualizes our understanding of political tolerance as well as of its foundations. Previous studies, the authors contend, overemphasized the role of education in explaining the presence of tolerance, while giving insufficient weight to personality and ideological factors. With an innovative methodology for measuring levels of tolerance more accurately, the authors are able to explain why particular groups are targeted and why tolerance is an inherently political concept. Far from abating, the degree of intolerance in America today is probably as great as it ever was; it is the targets of intolerance that have changed.

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