After the Revolution?

Authority in a Good Society, Revised Edition

Robert A. Dahl

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November 28, 1990
168 pages, 5 1/8 x 8
ISBN: 9780300049640
Paper

"After the Revolution? is brief, tight, and to the point. . . . With its unusual clarity, it is a useful text for anyone concerned with politics today."—American Notes & Queries (on the first edition)

"It is not often that a learned man puts down so simply, clearly, and briefly the essence of what he understands about a subject. I have gone from problems to proffered solutions with only a glimmering of the principles Professor Dahl sets down so lucidly, but as he describes them they form a perfectly congruent part of the pattern."—John W. Gardner (on the first edition)

 

In this classic book, one of the world's most distinguished political scientists discusses the problems, strengths, and weaknesses of democracy as a method of decision making for modern governments. Robert A. Dahl examines the principles on which the authority of democratic government rests, the question of who "the people" should be in the concept of "rule by the people," and the kinds of democracy that fit different situations. In a new chapter Dahl acknowledges the importance of market-oriented economies to democratic institutions but advises newly democratic governments to adopt a system in which unregulated markets are modified by a certain amount of governmental intervention.

 

"This book is a modern classic."—David Bell, Yorkshire Post

 

"[A] seminal work."—Times Literary Supplement

"Dahl makes a substantial contribution to political philosophy in this classical statement of contemporary democratic theory."—Choice

"For the past thirty-five years or so, Robert A. Dahl has been on a journey in search of democracy. Along the way, he has left his tracks, markings he has made while exploring the nature of power, the relations between politics and economics, the qualities of democracy in cities, and the essential features of democracy in large-scale modern societies. These imprints can be found in many places and on many minds both in political science and in sociology. . . . The latest leg of that adventure is no less worthy of our continued admiration."—Anthony M. Orum, Contemporary Sociology

"After the Revolution? is brief, tight, and to the point. . . . With its unusual clarity, it is a useful text for anyone concerned with politics today."—American Notes & Queries

"This is an important book for today . . . because it deals simply and logically with problems, strengths, and weaknesses of democracy as a method of decision making for modern government."—World Affairs

"It is not often that a learned man puts down so simply, clearly, and briefly the essence of what he understands about a subject. I have gone from problems to proffered solutions with only a glimmering of the principles Professor Dahl sets down so lucidly, but as he describes them they form a perfectly congruent part of the pattern."—John W. Gardner
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