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After the Revolution?: Authority in a Good Society

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In this book, one of the world's most distinguished political scientists discusses the problems, strengths, and weaknesses of demography as a method of decision making for modern governments. Robert A Dahl examines the principles on which the authority of demographic government rests, the question of who the people should be in the concept of rule by the people, and the ki ...more
Paperback, Revised Edition, 168 pages
Published November 28th 1990 by Yale University Press (first published 1970)
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Mar 23, 2010 Dave rated it liked it
Dahl is a wonderfully careful and precise thinker. I only wish he would liven up his prose with more actual examples from history to illustrate his points. My eyes glazed over at certain points, but he asks some great questions.

For the most part, he seeks to demonstrate that society requires multiple levels of authority and multiple criteria for decision making and apportioning resources. A market economy is generally good for democracy, but we don't want the market to decide everything, like wh
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Feb 27, 2011 Sam Snideman rated it liked it
Felt like giving this little book a whirl in the wake of the recent events in Egypt and Tunisia (and, based on some news accounts and pundit-based speculation, other countries in the Middle East).
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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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