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How Democratic Is the American ConstitutionThis vital tension between the Americans’ belief in the legitimacy of their constitution and their belief in the principles of democracy Dahl starts with the assumption that the legitimacy of the American Constitution derives solely from its utility as an instrument of democratic governance Dahl demonstrates that due to the context in which it was conceived our constitution came to incorporate significant antidemocratic elements Because the Framers of the Constitution had no relevant example of a democratic political system on which to model the American government many defining aspects of our political system were implemented as a result of short sightedness or last minute compromise Dahl highlights those elements of the American system that are most unusual and potentially antidemoc. One of my favorite books of all time and one that ought to be reuired r

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Ratic the federal system the bicameral legislature judicial review presidentialism and the electoral college system The political system that emerged from the world’s first great democratic experiment is uniue no other well established democracy has copied it How does the American constitutional system function in comparison to other democratic systems How could our political system be altered to achieve democratic ends To what extent did the Framers of the Constitution build features into our political system that militate against significant democratic reform Refusing to accept the status of the American Constitution as a sacred text Dahl challenges us all to think critically about the origins of our political system and to consider the opportunities for creating a democratic societ. Let me preface with saying that I rarely give books 5 stars A book has

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review How Democratic Is the American Constitution? 109 ✓ A Washington Post Book World Best Seller  “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”—Hendrik Hertzberg New Yorker  “A devastating attack on tA Washington Post Book World Best Seller  “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” Hendrik Hertzberg New Yorker  “A devastating attack on the undemocratic character of the American Constitution” Gordon S Wood New York Review of Books   In this provocative book one of our most eminent political scientists poses the uestion “Why should Americans uphold their constitution” The vast majority of Americans venerate the Constitution and the democratic principles it embodies but many also worry that the United States has fallen behind other nations on crucial issues including economic euality racial integration and women’s rights Robert Dahl explores. In a series of lectures transferred by Robert Dahl into essays Dahl pos