The title of this volume suggests that Americans have lost faith in government- an assumption that is hard to challenge. Enthusiastic support for politics, politicians, and political institutions in America has always been hard to come by, but there are signs that the 1990s are different. Both the levels of distaste for politics and government, and the willingness and ability of citizens and activists to mobilize to express their distaste and press for change, reveal more unhappiness, with greater potential consequences, than we have seen in a long time.

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