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Democracy and its critics

Author: Robert A Dahl
Publisher: New Haven : Yale University Press, [1989] ©1989
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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In this prize-winning book, one of the most prominent political theorists of our time makes a major statement about what democracy is and why it is important. Robert Dahl examines the most basic assumptions of democratic theory, tests them against the questions raised by its critics, and recasts the theory of democracy into a new and coherent whole. He concludes by discussing the direction in which democracy must  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Robert A Dahl
ISBN: 0300044097 9780300044096 0300049382 9780300049381 0585357277 9780585357270
OCLC Number: 19264138
Awards: American Political Science Association Woodrow Wilson Foundation Award, 1990.
Description: viii, 397 pages : illustrations, charts ; 24 cm
Contents: Part one: The sources of modern democracy --
The first transformation : to the democratic city-state --
Toward the second transformation : republicanism, representation, and the logic of equality --
Part two: Adversarial critics. Anarchism --
Guardianship --
A critique of guardianship --
Part three: A theory of the democratic process --
Justifications : the idea of equal intrinsic worth --
Personal autonomy --
A theory of the democratic process --
The problem of inclusion --
Part four: Problems in the democratic process --
Majority rule and the democratic process --
Is there a better alternative? --
Process and substance --
Process versus process --
When is a people entitled to the democratic process? --
Part five: The limits and possibilities of democracy --
The second democratic transformation : from the city-state to the nation-state --
Democracy, polyarchy, and participation --
How polyarchy developed in some countries and not others --
Why polyarchy developed in some countries and not others --
Is minority domination inevitable? --
Pluralism, polyarchy, and the common good --
The common good as process and substance --
Part six: Toward a third transformation --
Democracy in tomorrow's world --
Sketches for an advanced democratic country.
Responsibility: Robert A. Dahl.
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Winner of the 1991 Elaine and David Spitz Book Prize for the best book on liberal and/or democratic theory, this book discusses what democracy is and why it is important. It examines basic  Read more...

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