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Polyarchy: Participation and Opposition

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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
Paperback, 267 pages
Published September 10th 1972 by Yale University Press (first published 1971)
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Ike Sharpless
Aug 13, 2011 Ike Sharpless rated it really liked it
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
Feb 21, 2014 Qais rated it liked it
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.
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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
Apr 25, 2011 Steven Peterson rated it liked it
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. . . .
Apr 22, 2011 Djereloz rated it really liked it
I found lots of interesting thoughts and facts that made me reconsider my perception of democracy.
Would read it again later.
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The pluralist approach to democracy. Really enlightening.
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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.
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