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Polyarchy: Participation and Opposition

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Amidst all the emotional uproar about democracy and the widespread talk of revolution comes this clear call to reason—a mind-stretching book that equips the young and the old suddenly to see an ageless problem of society in a new and exciting way. Everything Dahl says can be applied in a fascinating way to the governing of any human enterprise involving more than one perso ...more
Paperback, 267 pages
Published September 10th 1972 by Yale University Press (first published 1971)
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Ike Sharpless
Jul 23, 2011 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
Thomas Qais Osso-Faqiri
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.
Oct 27, 2008 rated it really liked it
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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.
Feb 24, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I found lots of interesting thoughts and facts that made me reconsider my perception of democracy.
Would read it again later.
Jan 16, 2009 added it
The pluralist approach to democracy. Really enlightening.
Steven Peterson
Apr 25, 2011 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. . . .
Katarina Bakalić
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Robert Alan Dahl was the Sterling Professor emeritus of political science at Yale University, where he earned his Ph.D. in political science in 1940. He was 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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