Preface to Democratic Theory by Robert A. Dahl
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Preface to Democratic Theory
By Robert A. Dahl

A Preface to Democratic Theory

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Preface to Democratic Theory by Robert A. Dahl

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Robert Dahl s "Preface "helped launch democratic theory fifty years ago as a new area of study in political science, and it remains the standard introduction to the field. Exploring problems that had been left unsolved by traditional thought on democracy, Dahl here examines two influential models the Madisonian, which represents prevailing American doctrine, and its recurring challenger, populist theory arguing that they do not accurately portray how modern democracies operate. He then constructs a model more consistent with how contemporary democracies actually function, and, in doing so, develops some original views of popular sovereignty and the American constitutional system. For this fiftieth-anniversary edition, Dahl has written an extensive new afterword that reevaluates Madisonian theory in light of recent research. And in a new foreword, he reflects back on his influential volume and the ways his views have evolved since he wrote it. For any student or scholar of political science, this new material is an essential update on a gold standard in the evolving field of democratic theory. "A Preface to Democratic Theory" is well worth the devoted attention of anyone who cares about democracy. "Political Science Quarterly ""

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780226134345
ISBN-10: 0226134342
Format: Paperback
(202mm x 135mm x 14mm)
Pages: 200
Imprint: University of Chicago Press
Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Publish Date: 22-Sep-2006
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Robert A. Dahl

Robert A. Dahl is the Sterling Professor Emeritus of Political Science at Yale University. His numerous books include, most recently, "How Democratic is the American Constitution?" and "On Democracy."

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