Joan Didion’s Democracy: Moderate Ruling-Elite Constituencies

  • David SmitEmail author


In this chapter I show how Didion’s preoccupation with her own consciousness and her Goldwater conservatism influenced her satirical portrait of liberal politicians in Democracy. I focus on how the protagonist’s husband, a defeated politician trying to return to power by using a think tank as a means to attract attention in the media illustrates how politicians use “pseudo-events” to draw the attention to their campaigns, creating the illusion that they represent certain broad constituencies but that in fact these constituencies are small or even non-existent, giving free rein to their true constituency—the corporate world—represented in the novel by the protagonist’s business family and her lover, an international arms dealer.


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  1. 1.Kansas State UniversityManhattanUSA

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