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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (203 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Robert A. Dahl Narrator: Alan Sklar Publisher: University Press Audiobooks Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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The last half of the 20th century was an era of democratic triumph. The main antidemocratic regimes - communist, fascist, Nazi - disappeared, and new democracies emerged vigorously or tenatively throughout the world. In this accessible and authoratative book, one of the most prominent political theorists of our time provides a primer on democracy that clarifies what it is, why it is valuable, how it works, and what challenges it confronts in the future.

Robert Dahl begins with an overview of the early history of democracy. He goes on to discuss differences among democracies, criteria for a democratic process, basic institutions necessary for advancing the goals of democracy, and the social and economic conditions that favor the development and maintenance of these institutions. Along the way, he illustrates his points by describing different democratic countries, explaining, for example, why India, which seems to lack most of the conditions for a stable democracy, is nevertheless able to sustain one.

Dahl answers such puzzling questions as why market-capitalism can both favor and harm democracy. And he concludes by examining the major problems that democratic countries will face in the 21st century, problems that will arise from complexities in the economic order, from internationalization, from cultural diversity, and from the difficulty of achieving an adequate level of citizen competence.

This book is published by Yale University Press.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Benjamin Gaiser | 9/25/2013

    " Good book for an outlook of political theory, although his coinage of polyarchy has never managed it into standard colloquium, the concept is worth the reader's attention. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by JJ Feinauer | 6/15/2013

    " The best book I've read on Democracy. Which is a short list. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Brian Coffman | 2/5/2013

    " Robert Dahl is a professor of Political Science at Yale. This book is a great book for anyone who wants to understand the fundamentals of Democracy in America. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Arpit Raval | 3/23/2012

    " Mind bobbling book...an eye opener "

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