The author of the classic Democratic Theory (1962) here argues that the ideas, words, and symbols of politics in the 1960s through the 1980s have led to new theories of democracy. He presents a philosophical analysis intended to rebuild mainstream democratic theory. To do this he dissects the values and ideas underlying a large-scale democracy. In part 1 he contrasts present-day theories of democracy with theories of the 1950s; in part 2 he considers themes from ancient Greece. Sartori provides an excellent analysis of the fabric of democracy. He emphasizes that this fabric must be understood to have viable, continuing democracies. Essential for academic libraries. Steven Puro, Political Science Dept., St. Louis Univ.