Democracy and its critics /

In this prize-winning book, one of the most prominent political theorists of our time makes a major statement about what democracy is and why it is important. Robert Dahl examines the most basic assumptions of democratic theory, tests them against the questions raised by its critics, and recasts the...

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Main Author: Dahl, Robert A., 1915-2014
Format: Book
Published: New Haven : Yale University Press, [1989]
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Table of Contents:
  • Part one: The sources of modern democracy
  • The first transformation : to the democratic city-state
  • Toward the second transformation : republicanism, representation, and the logic of equality
  • Part two: Adversarial critics. Anarchism
  • Guardianship
  • A critique of guardianship
  • Part three: A theory of the democratic process
  • Justifications : the idea of equal intrinsic worth
  • Personal autonomy
  • A theory of the democratic process
  • The problem of inclusion
  • Part four: Problems in the democratic process
  • Majority rule and the democratic process
  • Is there a better alternative?
  • Process and substance
  • Process versus process
  • When is a people entitled to the democratic process?
  • Part five: The limits and possibilities of democracy
  • The second democratic transformation : from the city-state to the nation-state
  • Democracy, polyarchy, and participation
  • How polyarchy developed in some countries and not others
  • Why polyarchy developed in some countries and not others
  • Is minority domination inevitable?
  • Pluralism, polyarchy, and the common good
  • The common good as process and substance
  • Part six: Toward a third transformation
  • Democracy in tomorrow's world
  • Sketches for an advanced democratic country