Dilemmas of Pluralist Democracy. Autonomy vs. Control' represents the latest installment in Robert Dahl's evolving theory of polyarchal democracy. It is a contribution of considerable interest: in systematically restating and extending the themes that have dominated his work at least since the mid-sixties, this book demonstrates clearly the very considerable distance that Dahl has travelled from benign celebration of American pluralist democracy in such works as A Preface to Democratic TheorY and Who Governs? to increasingly sharp criticism of that regime for its failure to achieve its best potentialities. It is also a contribution of considerable importance, for it invites us to follow Dahl in considering with intellectual precision and rigor some central dilemmas of democratic pluralism. It is a book which powerfully illuminates our understanding of democracy; but it is also a book which fails to pursue some important implications of its own argument, and which remains strategically silent on at least one particularly vexing set of dilemmas.
Krouse W. Krouse,
Some (Further) Dilemmas of Pluralist Democracy,
Yale L. & Pol'y Rev.
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