How Democratic is the American Constitution?
In this volume, an eminent political scientist questions the extent to which the American Constitution furthers democratic goals. Robert Dahl reveals the Constitution's potentially antidemocratic elements and explains why they are there, compares the American constitutional system to other democratic systems, and explores how Americans might alter their political system to achieve greater equality among citizens. In a new chapter for this second edition, he shows how increasing differences in state populations revealed by the Census of 2000 have further increased the veto power over constitutional amendments held by a tiny minority of Americans. He then explores the prospects for changing some important political practices that are not prescribed by the written Constitution, though most Americans may assume them to be so.
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Review: How Democratic Is the American Constitution?User Review - Bill Dauster - Goodreads
Professor Dahl makes an eye-opening analysis of how our Constitution, as good as it is, falls short of democratic ideals. Senator J. William Fulbright said, "Criticism . . . is more than a right; it ... Read full review
Review: How Democratic Is the American Constitution?User Review - Jacob Lines - Goodreads
So, how democratic is the Constitution? Not completely. In this book, political scientist Robert Dahl explains how the US Constitution is not as democratic as people may imagine. This should come as ... Read full review
CHAPTER 2 What the Framers Couldnt Know
An American Illusion
CHAPTER 4 Electing the President
CHAPTER 5 How Well Does the Constitutional System Perform?
CHAPTER 6 Why Not a More Democratic Constitution?
CHAPTER 7 Some Reflections on the Prospects for a More Democratic Constitution