Dilemmas of Pluralist Democracy - Dahl, Robert A. - Yale University Press

Political Science

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Yale Studies in Political Science

Dilemmas of Pluralist Democracy

Autonomy vs. Control

  • Robert A. Dahl
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Winner of the Gladys M. Kammerer Award in 1983 from the American Political Science Association "Rises above the descriptive level of most books and directs our attention to theoretical concerns in a way which gives the work a broader scope and the richness we have come to associate with the classic texts. . . . The clarity of his analysis advances our understanding of modern democracy and focuses our attention on questions central to the discipline."—Kristen Monroe, Princeton University, New York University, in citation for Kammerer prize

“Continuing his career-long exploration of modern democracy, Dahl addresses a question that has long vexed students of political theory: the place of independent organizations, associations, or special interest groups within the democratic state.”—The Wilson Quarterly

“There is probably no greater expert today on the subject of democratic theory than Dahl….His proposal for an ultimate adoption here of a ‘decentralized socialist economy,’ a system primarily of worker ownership and control of economic production, is daring but rational, reflecting his view that economic inequality seems destined to become the major issue here it historically has been in Europe.”—Library Journal

“Dahl reaffirms his commitment to pluralist democracy while attempting to come to terms with some of its defects.”—Laura Greyson, Worldview

“Anyone who is interested in these issues and who makes the effort the book requires will come away the better for it. And more. He will receive an explanation for our current difficulties that differs considerably from the explanation for our current difficulties that differs considerably from the explanation offered by the Reagan administration, and a prescription for the future which differs fundamentally from the nostrums emanating from the White House.”—Dennis Carrigan, The (Louisville, Kentucky) Courier-Journal