Pluralist democracy in the United States: conflict and consent [by] Robert A. Dahl.


Chicago, Rand McNally [1967] .

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JK31 .D34 1967
Subjects Cultural pluralism -- United States.
Cultural pluralism.
Democracy.
Democratie.
Plurale samenleving.
Political science -- United States -- History.
Political science.
United States.
Series Rand McNally political science series.
Description xix, 471 pages illustrations 24 cm.
Copyright Date [1967]
Notes Second edition published in 1972 under title: Democracy in the United States.
Includes bibliographical references.
Contents Part One: How and why a pluralist democracy emerged on the American continent -- 1. Conflict and consent -- How to handle conflict -- Who out to govern? -- The dangers of faction -- With the consent of all -- The sovereign majority -- A pluralistic solution -- Appendix 2. "A republic -- if you can keep it" -- Were the founders conservatives or revolutionaries? -- Democracy or aristocracy? -- A confederacy or a national republic? -- Equal states or equal citizens? -- The politics of compromise versus the politics of political purity -- The uncompleted agenda -- 3. The silent revolution: Proof of the impossible -- Democracy or aristocracy? -- Equalities -- Inequalities -- Unity
Part Three: How a pluralist democracy behaves in the midst of cleavages and conflicts -- 10. Conflict and conciliation -- Stability and change -- Change: Incremental, comprehensive, revolutionary -- Sources of political change -- The depth of change and conflict -- Conflict: Moderate and severe -- Conflict: A paradigm -- 11. Comprehensive change and severe conflict -- The recurrence of intense conflict -- The pattern of severe conflict -- American political institutions as managers of conflict -- Political integration, conflict, and change -- 12. Political polarization and civil war -- Symptoms of rising conflict -- Change, compromise, reconciliation -- 13. The conditions of moderate conflict -- Periods of moderate conflict -- A multiplicity of check-points -- Consensus -- Factors sustaining consensus -- 14. Overlapping cleavages -- low polarization -- Regional differences -- Socio-economic differences: Occupations -- Social classes -- Ethnic and religious cleavages -- Ideology: Democracy, liberalism, and conservatism -- Dimensions of liberal and conservation ideologies -- Summary -- Part Four: How political activists can exert influence in a pluralist democracy -- 15. Influencing the conduct of government -- Prospects for success -- The key governmental actor -- 16. Four cases of political action -- Gideon's trumpet -- Dixon-Yates -- Foreign trade -- The Civil Rights Act of 1964 -- 17. Alternative strategies for political activists -- Democracy and the proletariat -- Patterns of successful democracy: Europe versus America -- The pattern of conflict -- Operation of the political institutions -- Difficulties in the second strategy -- The third and fourth strategies -- Conclusion.
Part Two: How American political institutions evolved and how they contribute to pluralist democracy -- 4. The presidency -- Introduction -- At the convention: The paucity of models -- The unfinished business -- The growth of the presidential office -- A success? -- Too much to do? -- Too much power? -- 5. The congress -- The Congress and the convention -- Representation: Majorities and minorities -- A compromise solution -- The Senate: Bastion of which minorities? -- Representatives of the people -- Representation: Formal and effective -- Congress as policy-maker -- Has Congress declined as policy-maker? -- 6. The Supreme Court -- The traditional constitutionality of judicial review -- Democracy and judicial review: A dialogue -- The Supreme Court and majority control -- The record -- Judges as policy-makers -- Some conclusions -- 7. The other ninety thousand governments -- Efficiency, decentralization, and democracy -- Conflict: Diversity and de-nationalization -- The distribution of power among leaders -- Self-government: The darker side -- The case for self-government -- 8. The political parties: Origins and characteristics -- Factions: The bane of republics -- Are political parties inevitable in a democratic republic? -- Eight characteristics of the American party system -- Appendix -- 9. Political parties: Contributions to democracy -- Parties and popular control -- Parties and rationality -- Parties and conflict
Genre History.
Geographic Area United States
Network Numbers (OCoLC)165588
(OCoLC)ocm00165588
WorldCat Search OCLC WorldCat
WorldCat Identities Dahl, Robert A., 1915-2014.
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