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A preface to democratic theory

Author: Robert A Dahl
Publisher: Chicago : The University of Chicago Press, 1956. ©1956
Series: Charles R. Walgreen Foundation lectures.
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Robert Dahl's Preface helped launch democratic theory fifty years ago as a new area of study in political science, and it remains the standard introduction to the field. Exploring problems that had been left unsolved by traditional thought on democracy, Dahl here examines two influential models--the Madisonian, which represents prevailing American doctrine, and its recurring challenger, populist theory--arguing that  Read more...
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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Dahl, Robert Alan, 1915-
Preface to democratic theory.
[Chicago] : University of Chicago Press, [1956]
(OCoLC)590191770
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Robert A Dahl
ISBN: 0226134261 9780226134260 0226134253 9780226134253
OCLC Number: 305140
Description: xi, 155 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm.
Contents: Madisonian democracy --
Populistic democracy --
Polyarchal democracy --
Equality, diversity, and intensity --
American hybrid.
Series Title: Charles R. Walgreen Foundation lectures.
Responsibility: by Robert A. Dahl.

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Robert Dahl's Preface helped launch democratic theory fifty years ago as a new area of study in political science, and it remains the standard introduction to the field. Exploring problems that had been left unsolved by traditional thought on democracy, Dahl here examines two influential models--the Madisonian, which represents prevailing American doctrine, and its recurring challenger, populist theory--arguing that they do not accurately portray how modern democracies operate. He then constructs a model more consistent with how contemporary democracies actually function, and, in doing so, develops some original views of popular sovereignty and the American constitutional system.

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