Polyarchy

Discipline: Political Science

Theory of politics described by American political scientist Robert Dahl (1915-).

In modern democracies the people cannot literally rule in the classic sense of democracy, but if there are free and open democratic procedures, and a variety of groups and organizations, then the many may be said to rule.

Polyarchy can be said to exist when democracy mingles effectively with pluralism.

Source:
Robert A Dahl, Polyarchy (New Haven, 1971)

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