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The institutions of polyarchy (in a nutshell, competitive elections and civil liberties), he says later, should then be thought of as the necessary but not sufficient procondition to “the highest feasible attainment of the democratic process.” However, nothing Dahl says thereafter leads the reader to think that syck attainment is very feasible. As an appreciation of political possibility, this continuum from polyarchy as a minimal necessary precondition for the democratic process,through various limited, attainable level of the democratic process,to ideal and unattainable democratic process,and finally to the myth of classical democracy is obviously sensible. You seem to be talking about democracy in an ideal world, not democracy as we know it in the world we know . And “Advocate” replies,”I can’t deny that politics in democratic countries ins’t by any meansperfectly democratic. So the word now manages occupy two places at once on the continuum, depending on whther “countries” or “politics” is being described. When all of the real content has been leached out of such concepts as “enlightened understanding,” “effective participation,” and “control of the agenda,” by their reduction to mere procedural requirement,the breach between democracy and polyarchy is almost complete. According to Dahl, the “Economic Notables” of New Haven were able “neither tp agree on nor to put through a program of urban redevelopment, even under a Republican mayor anxious to retain their support”. Only a liberal Democratic mayor, drawing on outside professionals and experts fot program design,and on a “strange” coalition of voters that included even “the working-class and lower-class ethic groups,particularly Negroes and Italians, and their spokesmen,” was able to negotiate the treacherous path to redevelopment. But this exacly what the critics of polyarchy have always meant by “democratic elitism”. If there were no adventurous political leaders coming to power precisely because “economic notables” can’t agree on a others would refer to our system as “elitism” pure and simple. The real process of perception of
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  • Spring '14
  • Democracy, Dahl, democratic process, democratic elitism, unattainable democratic process,and, liberal Democratic mayor

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