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Title:
A preface to democratic theory.
Author:
Dahl, Robert A., 1915-2014.
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Publication Information:
[Chicago] : University of Chicago Press [1956]
Physical Description:
155 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm.
Language:
English
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ISBN:
9780226134260
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Book

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Summary

Summary

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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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations Author's Note
Foreword: Reflections on
A Preface to Democratic Theory
Introduction
1 Madisonian Democracy
2 Populistic Democracy
3 Polyarchal Democracy
4 Equality, Diversity, and Intensity
5 American Hybrid Afterword: Reevaluating Madisonian Democracy Index