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Pluralist democracy in the United States: conflict and consent

Author: Robert A Dahl
Publisher: Chicago, Rand McNally [1967]
Series: Rand McNally political science series.
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Dahl, Robert Alan, 1915-
Pluralist democracy in the United States: conflict and consent.
Chicago, Rand McNally [1967]
(OCoLC)576285510
Online version:
Dahl, Robert Alan, 1915-
Pluralist democracy in the United States: conflict and consent.
Chicago, Rand McNally [1967]
(OCoLC)607877837
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Robert A Dahl
OCLC Number: 165588
Notes: Second ed. published in 1972 under title: Democracy in the United States.
Description: xix, 471 pages illustrations 24 cm.
Contents: Part One: How and why a pluralist democracy emerged on the American continent --
1. Conflict and consent --
How to handle conflict --
Who out to govern? --
The dangers of faction --
With the consent of all --
The sovereign majority --
A pluralistic solution --
Appendix 2. "A republic --
if you can keep it" --
Were the founders conservatives or revolutionaries? --
Democracy or aristocracy? --
A confederacy or a national republic? --
Equal states or equal citizens? --
The politics of compromise versus the politics of political purity --
The uncompleted agenda --
3. The silent revolution: Proof of the impossible --
Democracy or aristocracy? --
Equalities --
Inequalities --
Unity Part Two: How American political institutions evolved and how they contribute to pluralist democracy --
4. The presidency --
Introduction --
At the convention: The paucity of models --
The unfinished business --
The growth of the presidential office --
A success? --
Too much to do? --
Too much power? --
5. The congress --
The Congress and the convention --
Representation: Majorities and minorities --
A compromise solution --
The Senate: Bastion of which minorities? --
Representatives of the people --
Representation: Formal and effective --
Congress as policy-maker --
Has Congress declined as policy-maker? --
6. The Supreme Court --
The traditional constitutionality of judicial review --
Democracy and judicial review: A dialogue --
The Supreme Court and majority control --
The record --
Judges as policy-makers --
Some conclusions --
7. The other ninety thousand governments --
Efficiency, decentralization, and democracy --
Conflict: Diversity and de-nationalization --
The distribution of power among leaders --
Self-government: The darker side --
The case for self-government --
8. The political parties: Origins and characteristics --
Factions: The bane of republics --
Are political parties inevitable in a democratic republic? --
Eight characteristics of the American party system --
Appendix --
9. Political parties: Contributions to democracy --
Parties and popular control --
Parties and rationality --
Parties and conflict Part Three: How a pluralist democracy behaves in the midst of cleavages and conflicts --
10. Conflict and conciliation --
Stability and change --
Change: Incremental, comprehensive, revolutionary --
Sources of political change --
The depth of change and conflict --
Conflict: Moderate and severe --
Conflict: A paradigm --
11. Comprehensive change and severe conflict --
The recurrence of intense conflict --
The pattern of severe conflict --
American political institutions as managers of conflict --
Political integration, conflict, and change --
12. Political polarization and civil war --
Symptoms of rising conflict --
Change, compromise, reconciliation --
13. The conditions of moderate conflict --
Periods of moderate conflict --
A multiplicity of check-points --
Consensus --
Factors sustaining consensus --
14. Overlapping cleavages --
low polarization --
Regional differences --
Socio-economic differences: Occupations --
Social classes --
Ethnic and religious cleavages --
Ideology: Democracy, liberalism, and conservatism --
Dimensions of liberal and conservation ideologies --
Summary --
Part Four: How political activists can exert influence in a pluralist democracy --
15. Influencing the conduct of government --
Prospects for success --
The key governmental actor --
16. Four cases of political action --
Gideon's trumpet --
Dixon-Yates --
Foreign trade --
The Civil Rights Act of 1964 --
17. Alternative strategies for political activists --
Democracy and the proletariat --
Patterns of successful democracy: Europe versus America --
The pattern of conflict --
Operation of the political institutions --
Difficulties in the second strategy --
The third and fourth strategies --
Conclusion.
Series Title: Rand McNally political science series.
Responsibility: [by] Robert A. Dahl.

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