A Preface to Democratic Theory

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University of Chicago Press, 1956 - Political Science - 155 pages
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A Preface to Democratic Theory explores some problems left unsolved by traditional democratic theory, Professor Dahl examines two influential "model" theories—the Madisonian, representing the prevailing American doctrine, and its recurring challenger, the populistic theory—and argues that they no longer explain how modern democracies operate. He then constructs a model more consistent with modern political science, and, in doing so, develops some unique views of popular sovereignty and the American constitutional system.

"A Preface to Democratic Theory is well worth the devoted attention of anyone who cares about democracy. For it will have an important influence on both theory about democracy and on actual practice in democracies round the world."—Bernard Barber, Political Science Quarterly

"The book is a must for democratic theorists."—J. Roland Pennock, Journal of Politics
  

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Dahls introduction of the boundary problem, what he calls 'the problem of the unit' and 'the problem of inclusion' is probably the major contribution of this book Read full review

Contents

Introduction
1
Madisonian Democracy
4
Populistic Democracy
34
Polyarchal Democracy
63
Equality Diversity and Intensity
90
American Hybrid
124
Index
152
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Elizabeth A. Kaye specializes in communications as part of her coaching and consulting practice. She has edited Requirements for Certification since the 2000-01 edition.


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