chapter  Nine
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Participation in Public Affairs

ByMaxwell McCombs, Edna Einsiedel, David Weaver

If participation in public affairs really is a prerequisite to the functioning of democratic systems, it is amazing that such systems have survived for so long and so successfully. The truth is that our political system has endured in spite of, and perhaps even because of, the lack of active participation of many of its citizenry. To obtain full participation from every single individual would simply be chaos.