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
Robert Dahl, uno de los más destacados teóricos políticos de nuestro tiempo, pone a disposición del lector una obra que traza los principales elementos que configuran una democracia, las instituciones imprescindibles que la sustentan, las condiciones económicas y sociales que favorecen su desarrollo y los criterios necesarios para evaluarla.
Desde sus orígenes históricos y filosóficos hasta los retos que deberá afrontar a lo largo del siglo XXI, en este breve libro se configura una definición precisa, certera e inteligible de la Democracia. Imprescindible lectura para cualquiera que esté mínimamente interesado en la política de su tiempo.
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 tentatively throughout the world. In this accessible and authoritative audiobook, 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.