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Soc 140 Dis Sept. 25, 2007 Dahl 1. Dahl’s main question stated in general abstract terms Who governs society? Is equality a prerequisite for government and democratic rule? Can we define democracy in terms of equality? Democracy may be the pluralism of democracy? (Hierarchy within each group, inequality still exists) 2. Dahl’s more specific “researchable” questions How is power allocated? who has power? (pg. 87,88) Which groups govern and why do they govern? How can democracy work in a context of inequality? What are the sources and change of political stability? 2. Alternative responses to Dahl’s questions (literature review: How have others approached Dahl’s questions?) a. Political parties, interest groups, elites, leader and masses Weber, Lenin, and Marx would all say it’s impossible for the lower class to immediately rule. De Tocqueville, pg 86- - it’s political parties who rule (other theories claim this), interest groups, socioeconomic (those who have access to political resources), social,
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