How Democratic Is the American Constitution?: Second Edition

By Robert Alan Dahl
In this volume, an eminent political scientist questions the extent to which the American Constitution furthers democratic goals. Robert Dahl reveals the Constitution's potentially antidemocratic elements and explains why they are there, compares the American constitutional system to other democratic systems, and explores how Americans might alter their political system to achieve greater equality among citizens. In a new chapter for this second edition, he shows how increasing differences in state populations revealed by the Census of 2000 have further increased the veto power over constitutional amendments held by a tiny minority of Americans. He then explores the prospects for changing some important political practices that are not prescribed by the written Constitution, though most Americans may assume them to be so.


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"Robert A Dahl ... is about as covered in honors as a scholar can be.... He knows what he is talking about. And he thinks that the Constitution has something the matter with it."



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Publisher Yale University Press
Publish date 11/10/2003
Pages 240
ISBN-13 9780300095241
ISBN-10 0300095244
Language English