As an ethnically heterogeneous but stable democracy, the United States is a puzzle for students of politics. Typically, the literature of democratic theory regards ethnic diversity as disruptive of a democratic polity. However, the United States has so far avoided the system-threatening consequences of heterogeneity experienced by other democratic
Table of Contents
Preface -- Introduction -- Ethnic Heterogeneity and Stable Democracy -- Immigrants, Consensus, and America -- The Counterthesis: Immigrants Enhance the Political Stability of the United States -- The Politics of Laotian Immigrants -- Conclusion -- Biographical Schedule -- Construction of the Research Project
John C. Harles is associate professor of political science at Messiah College in Grantham, Pennsylvania.