Who Governs?: Democracy and Power in an American City / Edition 2

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In this now-classic work, one of the most celebrated political scientists of the twentieth century offers a powerful interpretation of the location of political power in American urban communities. For this new edition, Robert A. Dahl has written a new Preface in which he reflects on Who Governs? more than four decades after its publication. And in a new Foreword, Douglas W. Rae offers an assessment of Dahl's achievement in this, Dahl's greatest and most influential book.
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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
““Dahl is never dogmatic, and never imagines that the world stands still to accommodate either the democratic ideal or his own pluralistic theory of city politics. . . . Who Governs? is Dahl’s liveliest and most remarkable book.”—Douglas W. Rae, from the Foreword

““A book that no one interested in politics can afford to ignore.”—Lewis A. Coser, Commentary

““Anyone seriously concerned with current systematic political theory or with urban politics should read Who Governs?”—Hugh Douglas Price, Political Science Quarterly

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Dahl's 1961 analysis studies the location of political power in America's urban areas. This edition includes the author's new preface. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780300103922
  • Publisher: Yale University Press
  • Publication date: 3/11/2005
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 713,534
  • Product dimensions: 5.62 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.78 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert A. Dahl is Sterling Professor Emeritus of Political Science at Yale University and past president of the American Political Science Association. He is the author of numerous books, including Polyarchy and Democracy and Its Critics, available in paperback from Yale University Press.

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Table of Contents

Foreword to the second edition
1 The nature of the problem 1
Bk. I From oligarchy to pluralism
2 The patricians 11
3 The entrepreneurs 25
4 The ex-plebes 32
5 The new men 52
6 Shadow and substance : the social and economic notables 63
7 Overview : from cumulative to dispersed inequalities 85
Bk. II The distribution of influence
8 Overview : the ambiguity of leadership 89
9 Leaders in political nominations 104
10 Leaders in urban redevelopment 115
11 Leaders in public education 141
12 Overview : direct versus indirect influence 163
Bk. III Patterns of influence
13 Specialization of influence : subleaders 169
14 Specialization of influence : leaders 181
15 Five patterns of leadership 184
16 Pattern A : spheres of influence 190
17 Pattern B : the executive-centered coalition 200
18 Pattern C : rival sovereignties 215
Bk. IV The distribution of political resources
19 On the species Homo Politicus 223
20 Social standing 229
21 Cash, credit, and wealth 239
22 Legality, popularity, and control over jobs 246
23 Control over sources of information 256
Bk. V The use of political resources
24 Overview : actual and potential influence 271
25 Citizenship without politics 276
26 Variations on a theme 282
Bk. VI Stability and change
27 Stability, change, and the professionals 305
28 Stability, change, and the democratic creed 311
App. A Comparison of New Haven with other urban areas, 1950 329
App. B Methods and data 330
App. C Indices and social position 341
App. D Indices of political participation 342
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