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date: 19 February 2020

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This chapter is concerned with the intellectual history of how the term ‘public opinion’ entered into the discourse of political and social science during the nineteenth century, studying how the concept it referred to was basically changed during the early years of the twentieth century. It notes that public opinion came from the origins of the American vision of democracy and identifies the changes which the term ‘public opinion’ went through over the years.

Keywords: public opinion, intellectual history, democracy, political science, social science

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