by Ronald Rutherford
Tue Apr 3rd, 2007 at 03:07:10 AM EST
As my first post I wanted to open a forum for a discussion about democracies and some theories in regard to Polyarchy.
In modern political science, the term Polyarchy (Greek: poly many, arkhe rule) was introduced by Robert A. Dahl, now emeritus professor at Yale University, to describe a form of government that was first implemented in the United States and gradually adopted by many other countries. According to Dahl, the fundamental democratic principle is that, when it comes to binding collective decisions, each person in a political community is entitled to have his interests be given equal consideration. A polyarchy is a nation-state that has certain procedures that are necessary conditions for following the democratic principle.
Dahl's original theory of Polyarchal Democracy is in his 1956 book, A Preface to Democratic Theory. His theory evolved over the decades, and the description in later writings is somewhat different.
So I wanted to ask first whether the EU governments are also Polyarchy.
Another article that may be of interest in our discussion is CHAPTER 2 / Defining Democracy.
I also imagine that we could talk about theories of Democratic Peace.
Edit (4-3-07): Thanks for some of the fine comments below. I am not sure about all the rules, so I wanted to know if anyone would be offended if I quoted anyone of the people that post here on another Forum/Blog/Board? (With appropriate attribution.)
I look forward to learning much from you guys/gals here!