Elmer Eric Schattschneider
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- Democracy is a competitive political system in which competing leaders and organizations define the alternatives of public policy in such a way that the public can participate in the decision-making process.
- The Semisovereign People (1960)
- What is government? From the outside it looks like a security system based on the marriage of land and people, From the inside, it looks like and attempts to create a community. A government is like an oyster, hard on the outside and soft on the inside, and the outside and inside are utterly dependent on each other.
- Two hundred million Americans in search of a government (1969), p. 24
- People who do not know what government is are not likely to know what democracy is either, for democracy is only what the soft inside of the oyster looks like.
- Two hundred million Americans in search of a government (1969), p. 35
- Democracy begins as an act of imagination about people. For this reason democracy is a doctrine of social criticism.
- Two hundred million Americans in search of a government (1969), p. 46
- I suppose the most important thing I have done in my field is that I have talked longer and harder and more persistently and enthusiastically about political parties than anyone else alive.
- As quoted by Sidney A. Pearson, Jr. in the 2004 introduction to Party Government: American Government in Action