“Votes Count, but Resources Decide”

“Votes Count, but Resources Decide”

Democracy and Its Critics is a rigorous summary of the life work of one of America’s premier political scientists. It is also a timely antidote to the right’s equation of democracy with the “freedom” of an unrestrained capitalist market. In a reasoned yet passionate tone Dahl defends democracy as a system of political equality that promotes the freedom of individuals to live under laws of their own choosing. While upholding “polyarchy” (a society of autonomous interest groups, civil liberties, and competitive political parties), Dahl recognizes that inequitable distribution of economic and intellectual resources limits the democratic claims of these regimes.

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