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Robert Dahl's Who Governs?

Robert Dahl

A game-changer when it was first published in 1961, Who Governs? remains one of the most influential political science books ever written. Dahl argues that American liberal democracy is a pluralist system in which policy is not, as is so often thought, shaped by a small group of powerful individuals. Rather, power is fragmented, with competing groups actively seeking to influence decisions and citizens indirectly shaping policy. As a case study, Dahl analyzed the decision-making process in New Haven, finding that only the mayor had power in all areas. Study of the city’s highly competitive two-party system prompted Dahl to view the entire United States as Connecticut writ large.

A game-changer when it was first published in 1961, Who Governs? remains one of the most influential political science books ever written. Dahl argues that American liberal democracy is a pluralist system in which policy is not, as is so often thought, shaped by a small group of powerful individuals. Rather, power is fragmented, with competing groups actively seeking to influence decisions and citizens indirectly shaping policy. As a case study, Dahl analyzed the decision-making process in New Haven, finding that only the mayor had power in all areas. Study of the city’s highly competitive two-party system prompted Dahl to view the entire United States as Connecticut writ large.
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A game-changer when it was first published in 1961, Who Governs? remains one of the most influential political science books ever written. Dahl argues that American liberal democracy is a pluralist system in which policy is not, as is so often thought, shaped by a small group of powerful individuals. Rather, power is fragmented, with competing groups actively seeking to influence decisions and citizens indirectly shaping policy. As a case study, Dahl analyzed the decision-making process in New Haven, finding that only the mayor had power in all areas. Study of the city’s highly competitive two-party system prompted Dahl to view the entire United States as Connecticut writ large.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Astrid Noren Nilsson, Macat.com

Length:

1h 30m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

11:01


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

07:37


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

06:11


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

06:40


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

07:01


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

07:18


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

06:45


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

07:27


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

06:32


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

04:52


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

05:57


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

06:25


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

06:48