The last half of the 20th century has been an era of democratic triumph. The main anti-democratic regimes - communist, fascist, Nazi - have disappeared, and new democracies are emerging vigorously or tentatively throughout the world. In this 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.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - HadriantheBlind - LibraryThing
Brief summary of democratic theory. Differences between the ideal and what we get in reality. In Dahl's view, no government in the world has lived up to the Platonic ideal of Democracy, but some have ... Read full review
ON DEMOCRACYUser Review - Kirkus
An edifying if uninspiring primer on the theory and practice of democracy. During the last half of the 20th century democracy has emerged triumphant as a political system, its rivals having ... Read full review
Do We Really Need a Guide?
Where and How Did Democracy Develop? A Brief History
What Lies Ahead?
What Is Democracy?
Why Political Equality I? Intrinsic Equality
Why Political Equality II? Civic Competence
What Political Institutions Does LargeScale Democracy Require?
Why MarketCapitalism Favors Democracy
Why MarketCapitalism Harms Democracy
The Unfinished Journey
On Electoral Systems
Political Accommodation in Culturally or Ethnically Divided Countries
On Counting Democratic Countries