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Freshman poly-sci instructors need fret no longer, however; as an introduction to democratic principles, Robert A. Dahl's On Democracy is rather tidy, indeed. Dahl, an emeritus professor of political science at Yale, covers questions like "Where and how did democracy develop?" in accessible--almost chatty--prose, often taking the time to say a few "words about words," in which he examines, for example, the historical connotations of "democracy" and "republic" (it turns out that until James Madison declared there was a political distinction to be made, the only difference between the two was their etymological roots). Experienced readers may find their eyes glazing over at pronouncements such as "Democratic institutions are less likely to develop in a country subject to intervention by another country hostile to democracy in that country," but if you're looking for a comprehensive yet brief overview of how democracy works, On Democracy fits the bill. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
This is a straight forward read that covers a lot of information in a relatively concise book.
I am greatful to Robert Dahl for contributing and elevating political discourse here and around the world with this book.
I picked up this book after reading a review desccribing it as a "staplce for undergrads in Political Science".
This book is super boring but I need it for a class. Came fast and was in good conditionPublished 1 month ago by Kelly
This was a great book. I needed it for class and I am better for having read it. My husband read it too. You can't beat the price and it got here fast.Published 6 months ago by PW
An excellent book about the subject in a easy and understandable way. Give it an opportunity if you have the chance.Published 19 months ago by Fernando
I picked up this book after reading a review desccribing it as a "staplce for undergrads in Political Science". Read morePublished on July 19, 2012 by Hundredth
In his book, "On Democracy," Dahl begins with a very interesting discussion of the various forms of democracy as experienced by earlier democratic states. Read morePublished on January 30, 2010 by Richard L. Scott
This book is absolutely great for students studying political culture! It describes all aspects of democracy in a very clear way and really gives you an insight in political... Read morePublished on December 17, 2004 by A. Roosen
_On Democracy_ is not a very joyful book to read. It is rather dry and doesn't seem to want to create much controversy in the things it says. Read morePublished on October 27, 2002 by Brett
The previous reviewer obviously misunderstood Dahl's intent. This book is an introduction to democracy for the uninitiated, not a definitive philosophical statement. Read morePublished on April 30, 2000