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Who Governs?: Democracy And Power In An American City

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Paperback, Second Edition, 384 pages
Published May 11th 2005 by Yale University Press (first published January 1st 1961)
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Frank Stein
Jan 27, 2009 Frank Stein rated it it was ok
Seriously disappointing. This is supposed to be a classic of political science literature, wherein Dahl basically created the idea of a "plurastic society" with mulitiple power bases during his examination of New Haven in the 1950s. Although his argument is somewhat convincing, the book suffers from the classic political science curses. It spends too much time on airy pronouncements and questionable logic, extrapolates findings with little cause, and highlights a few surveys as if they provide i ...more
Steven Peterson
Nov 21, 2009 Steven Peterson rated it it was amazing
There are a number of approaches toward explaining who has power in a community or some other political unit. Among these: elitism, pluralism, participatory democracy, representative democracy, technocracy, and so on. The basic text on pluralism? Robert Dahl’s case study of New Haven, CT, published first in 1961.

His argument was that, in this city, decision making power was divided among different groups. One set of groups was involved in, for instance, urban development. Another set in educatio
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Mar 20, 2014 Robert Wechsler rated it it was amazing
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This is deservedly a classic work of political science. The directness of Dahl’s language and vision of urban politics is what makes the book both important and very readable.
Sep 06, 2015 goddess rated it liked it
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Interesting book that outlines the role of pluralism in American politics, the idea that government control can shift from different types of people/establishments. It follows the story of New Haven, CT in the 1950s and how a non-elite guy won mayor-ship and ultimately transformed parts of the community to be more vibrant and successful. Dahl also talks about various influences over policy-making and the political process.
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this one's for class...
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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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