The quiet desperation of Robert Dahl's (quiet) radicalism

Critical Review 15 (1-2):87-122 (2000)

Abstract Robert Dahl's democratic theory has been remarkably consistent over the course of his long career. While Dahl has maintained a markedly un?romantic view of modern democracy, and can best be read as an immanent critic of its liberal variant, he has steadily clung to certain radical aspirations, even as their prospects have waned. Dahl's often?unnoticed radicalism lies in his desire to see democracy break out of the institutional bonds of the liberal state. Reviewing his career forces one to consider the ultimately Utopian character of his quiet radicalism and the significance of its apparent failure. Paradoxically, Dahl's call for the extension of democracy into the economic sphere would be less Utopian if it were more radical at its foundation?that is, if his basic premises would lead him to seriously question citizens? existing preferences
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