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Democracy and its critics

Democracy and its critics

Author: Robert A Dahl
Publisher: New Haven : Yale University Press, [2008?]
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 15th printingView all editions and formats

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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Genre/Form: Gesamtdarstellung
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Robert A Dahl
ISBN: 9780300049381 0300049382
OCLC Number: 611677486
Description: 397 Seiten ; 24 cm
Contents: Part 1 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 2 Adversarial critics: anarchism; guardianship; a critique of guardianship. Part 3 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 4 Problems in the democratic process: majority rule and the democratic process; majority rule - practise; process and substance; process versus process; when is a people entitled to the democratic process? Part 5 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; is minority domination inevitable?; pluralism, polyarchy and the common good; common good as process and substance. Part 6 Toward a third transformation: democracy in tomorrow's world; sketches for an advanced democratic country.
Responsibility: Robert A. Dahl.


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"Like democratic theory itself, Dahl's book is hugely inspiring. . . . this is a hugely impressive book, which traces the assumptions of democratic theory from 5th-century Athens to the present day Read more...

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