Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Polyarchy: Participation and Opposition” as Want to Read:
Polyarchy: Participation and Opposition
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Polyarchy: Participation and Opposition

3.98 of 5 stars 3.98  ·  rating details  ·  103 ratings  ·  7 reviews
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
Paperback, 267 pages
Published September 10th 1972 by Yale University Press (first published 1971)
more details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Polyarchy, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Polyarchy

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30 of 256)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  rating details
Ike Sharpless
Dahl argues that the term 'polyarchy' is a more accurate description than 'democracy' when it comes to most countries we tend to call democracies (he also has a very high bar for what it would be required for a country to be a democracy - and most countries in the world wouldn't qualify), and it's an important distinction.

We throw around words like democracy, the public interest, and special interests without stopping to properly understand what we mean by each of these terms. I approached this
...more
Qais
It is a great read. I am still thinking about the structure of societies and how some succeed to finally become democratic and other continue to struggle. I am thinking of reading more by Dahl to understand his thesis.
Emily
1971 geschrieben und immer noch eine frische, unideologische Quelle, um über Demokratie nachzudenken. Robert Dahl wird mit seiner Definition von Polyarchy bis heute vor den Karren prozeduraler Demokratietheorien gespannt. Dies ist jedoch nur eine Facette dieses Buches und beim Lesen entdeckt man, dass Dahls Vorstellung von Demokratie weit umfassender war als die der vielen Demokratietheoretiker, die in seine Fussstapfen getreten sind.
Steven Peterson
Robert Dahl is a major thinker, exploring democracy, pluralism, and polyarchy (interlinked notions). This book focuses on his concept of polyarchy, laying out the dynamics of this perspective. . . .
Djereloz
I found lots of interesting thoughts and facts that made me reconsider my perception of democracy.
Would read it again later.
Helena
Jan 16, 2009 Helena added it
The pluralist approach to democracy. Really enlightening.
Anggina Bechman
Anggina Bechman marked it as to-read
May 03, 2015
Colin
Colin marked it as to-read
Apr 30, 2015
Houman
Houman marked it as to-read
Apr 28, 2015
Rodrigo
Rodrigo marked it as to-read
Apr 25, 2015
Proskurin Sergei
Proskurin Sergei marked it as to-read
Apr 18, 2015
Serdar Hekimoğlu
Serdar Hekimoğlu marked it as to-read
Apr 12, 2015
Billy Candelaria
Billy Candelaria marked it as to-read
Mar 31, 2015
Ryan Perotto
Ryan Perotto marked it as to-read
Mar 30, 2015
Arusyak Aleksanyan
Arusyak Aleksanyan marked it as to-read
Mar 20, 2015
Arman Khachatryan
Arman Khachatryan marked it as to-read
Mar 16, 2015
Alia
Alia marked it as to-read
Mar 06, 2015
Agnes Behr
Agnes Behr marked it as to-read
Feb 27, 2015
L
L marked it as to-read
Feb 24, 2015
Abigail Moats
Abigail Moats marked it as to-read
Feb 21, 2015
Mariana Zuñiga
Mariana Zuñiga marked it as to-read
Feb 21, 2015
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
  • The Logic of Collective Action: Public Goods and the Theory of Groups
  • Making Democracy Work: Civic Traditions in Modern Italy
  • Patterns of Democracy: Government Forms and Performance in Thirty-Six Countries
  • Social Origins of Dictatorship and Democracy: Lord and Peasant in the Making of the Modern World
  • An Economic Theory of Democracy
  • After Victory: Order and Power in International Politics
  • Man, the State, and War: A Theoretical Analysis
  • Weapons of the Weak: Everyday Forms of Peasant Resistance
  • Political Order in Changing Societies
  • Economic Origins of Dictatorship and Democracy
  • The Nature and Origins of Mass Opinion
  • Institutions, Institutional Change and Economic Performance
  • Why Civil Resistance Works: The Strategic Logic of Nonviolent Conflict
  • The Old Regime and the French Revolution
  • War and Peace in the Global Village
  • War in the Age of Intelligent Machines
  • Designing Social Inquiry: Scientific Inference in Qualitative Research
  • Power and Interdependence
4486
Robert Alan Dahl is the Sterling Professor emeritus of political science at Yale University, where he earned his Ph.D. in political science in 1940. He is past president of the American Political Science Association and an honorary member of Manuscript Society. He received an honorary Doctor of Laws (LL.D.) degree from Harvard University in 1998.
More about Robert A. Dahl...
On Democracy How Democratic Is the American Constitution? Democracy and Its Critics Who Governs?: Democracy And Power In An American City A Preface to Democratic Theory

Share This Book