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The Democracy Sourcebook : The MIT Press - Robert A. Dahl

The Democracy Sourcebook

The MIT Press

By: Robert A. Dahl (Editor), Ian Shapiro (Editor), Jose Antonio Cheibub (Editor)

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"The Democracy Sourcebook" offers a collection of classic writings and contemporary scholarship on democracy, creating a book that can be used by undergraduate and graduate students in a wide variety of courses, including American politics, international relations, comparative politics, and political philosophy. The editors have chosen substantial excerpts from the essential theorists of the past, including Jean-Jacques Rousseau, John Stuart Mill, Alexis de Tocqueville, and the authors of "The Federalist Papers"; they place them side by side with the work of such influential modern scholars as Joseph Schumpeter, Adam Przeworski, Seymour Martin Lipset, Samuel P. Huntington, Ronald Dworkin, and Amartya Sen. The book is divided into nine self-contained chapters: "Defining Democracy," which discusses procedural, deliberative, and substantive democracy; "Sources of Democracy," on why democracy exists in some countries and not in others; "Democracy, Culture, and Society," about cultural and sociological preconditions for democracy; "Democracy and Constitutionalism," which focuses on the importance of independent courts and a bill of rights; "Presidentialism versus Parliamentarianism"; "Representation," discussing which is the fairest system of democratic accountability; "Interest Groups"; "Democracy's Effects," an examination of the effect of democracy on economic growth and social inequality; and finally, "Democracy and the Global Order" discusses the effects of democracy on international relations, including the propensity for war and the erosion of national sovereignty by transnational forces.

" The Democracy Sourcebook brings together the classical texts on democratic politics with the best examples of contemporary scholarly argument and analysis. The modern texts are not yet classics, though some of them will be, and their inclusion here definitely gives them a leg up. For students who want to understand democracy and for students who see themselves as democratic citizens and activists, this is a superb collection." Michael Walzer, Institute for Advanced Study " The Democracy Sourcebook is a magisterial collection of classic and contemporary readings, carefully chosen and edited, that gives readers direct access to some of the most important texts in the development of democratic thought." Thomas F. Remington, Emory University "If you want to learn about democracy, The Democracy Sourcebook is the place to start. Dahl, Shapiro, and Cheibub have collected the best readings, both historical and contemporary, on what democracy is, how it works, and why it is important. This book will be the standard reference work on the subject." Joshua Cohen, Goldberg Professor of the Humanities, MIT, and editor, Boston Review "If you want to learn about democracy, *The Democracy Sourcebook* is *the* place to start. Dahl, Shapiro, and Cheibub have collected the best readings, both historical and contemporary, on what democracy is, how it works, and why it is important. This book will be the standard reference work on the subject."--Joshua Cohen, Leon and Anne Goldberg Professor of the Humanities and Head of the Department of Political Science, MIT "*The Democracy Sourcebook* is a magisterial collection of classic and contemporary readings, carefully chosen and edited, that gives readers direct access to some of the most important texts in the development of democratic thought."--Thomas F. Remington, Emory University "*The Democracy Sourcebook* brings together the classical texts on democratic politics with the best examples of contemporary scholarly argument and analysis. The modern texts are not yet classics, though some of them will be, and their inclusion here definitely gives them a leg up. For students who want to understand democracy and for students who see themselves as democratic citizens and activists, this is a superb collection."--Michael Walzer, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, NJ "Electing to Fight is an important book. With analytical power and historical depth, Mansfield and Snyder argue for a simple conclusion: democratization can be dangerous, even if democracy, once achieved, is a good thing. Scholars, journalists, politicians, and citizens all need to hear this message, and to heed it. If Mansfield and Snyder are right, then policies that rely on war to promote elections are bound to produce disaster."--Joshua Cohen, Leon and Anne Goldberg Professor of the Humanities and Head of the Department of Political Science, MIT

Introduction
Defining Democracyp. 1
The Social Contractp. 2
Capitalism, Socialism, and Democracyp. 5
Minimalist Conception of Democracy: A Defensep. 12
Democracy and Disagreementp. 18
The Voice of the Peoplep. 25
Defining and Developing Democracyp. 29
Participation and Democratic Theoryp. 40
Polyarchal Democracyp. 48
Sources of Democracyp. 55
Political Man: The Social Bases of Politicsp. 56
Social Revolutions in the Modern Worldp. 65
The Impact of Economic Development on Democracyp. 71
Democracy and the Market: Political and Economic Reforms in Eastern Europe and Latin Americap. 76
Democracy's Third Wavep. 93
South Africa's Negotiated Transition: Democracy, Opposition, and the New Constitutional Orderp. 99
Economic Development and Political Regimesp. 108
Democracy, Culture, and Societyp. 117
The Federalist No. 10p. 118
The Federalist No. 14p. 123
The Concept of a Liberal Societyp. 126
Pluralism and Social Choicep. 133
Consociational Democracyp. 142
The Contest of Ideasp. 147
The State of Democratic Theoryp. 153
Democracyp. 157
Modernization, Cultural Change, and the Persistence of Traditional Valuesp. 168
Culture and Democracyp. 181
Democracy and Constitutionalismp. 191
The Federalist No. 23p. 192
The Federalist No. 47p. 193
The Federalist No. 48p. 195
The Federalist No. 62p. 197
The Federalist No. 70p. 199
The Federalist No. 78p. 201
Madisonian Democracyp. 207
A Bill of Rights for Britainp. 217
A Rights-Based Critique of Constitutional Rightsp. 221
The Political Origins of Judicial Empowerment through Constitutionalization: Lessons from Four Constitutional Revolutionsp. 232
Decision Making in a Democracy: The Supreme Court as a National Policymakerp. 246
Democratic Justicep. 252
Presidentialism Versus Parliamentarismp. 257
The Perils of Presidentialismp. 258
Presidentialism, Multipartism, and Democracy: The Difficult Combinationp. 266
Presidents and Assembliesp. 272
Minority Governments, Deadlock Situations, and the Survival of Presidential Democraciesp. 277
Minority Governments in Parliamentary Democracies: The Rationality of Nonwinning Cabinet Solutionsp. 284
Institutional Design, Party Systems, and Governability: Differentiating the Presidential Regimes of Latin Americap. 296
Presidential Power, Legislative Organization, and Party Behavior in Brazilp. 304
Representationp. 311
Representative Governmentp. 312
On Electionsp. 315
Liberalism against Populismp. 317
Saving Democracy from Political Sciencep. 321
Unlikelihood of Condorcet's Paradox in a Large Societyp. 326
Congruence between Citizens and Policymakers in Two Visions of Liberal Democracyp. 330
The Political Consequences of Electoral Lawsp. 343
South Africa's Negotiated Transition: Democracy, Opposition, and the New Constitutional Orderp. 350
The Representation of Womenp. 354
Interest Groupsp. 363
The Governmental Process: Political Interests and Public Opinionp. 364
The Logic of Collective Action: Public Goods and the Theory of Groupsp. 372
Neo-Pluralism: A Class Analysis of Pluralism I and Pluralism IIp. 381
The Theory of Economic Regulationp. 393
Interest Intermediation and Regime Governability in Contemporary Western Europe and North Americap. 398
Inside Campaign Finance: Myths and Realitiesp. 408
Democracy's Effectsp. 419
The Economics and Politics of Growthp. 420
Rent Seeking and Redistribution under Democracy versus Dictatorshipp. 427
Dictatorship, Democracy, and Developmentp. 436
Freedom Favors Developmentp. 444
Political Regimes and Economic Growthp. 447
Democracy in Americap. 455
Does Democracy Engender Justice?p. 459
Facing up to the American Dream: Race, Class, and the Soul of the Nationp. 463
Beyond Tocqueville, Myrdal, and Hartz: The Multiple Traditions in Americap. 480
Democracy and the Global Orderp. 489
Perpetual Peacep. 490
How Democracy, Interdependence, and International Organizations Create a System for Peacep. 492
Dirty Poolp. 497
Democracy and Collective Badsp. 504
Representation and the Democratic Deficitp. 510
The Transformation of Political Community: Rethinking Democracy in the Context of Globalizationp. 516
Appendixp. 527
Indexp. 535
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ISBN: 9780262541473
ISBN-10: 0262541475
Series: The MIT Press
Audience: Professional
For Ages: 18+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 568
Published: 1st September 2003
Publisher: MIT Press Ltd
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 17.8  x 2.4
Weight (kg): 0.84