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Political Science
POLI 1100

Dahl’s On Democracy and related issues of power and justice 1. Identify and explain Dahl’s five criteria for a democratic process. 1. effective participation  Everyone must have equal or effective opportunities to make their voices known 2. voting equality  ????? 3. enlightened understanding Pericles: "first among citizens" in Athens. Brilliant orator, great citizen. From Thucydides, The Peloponnesian War "Our ordinary citizens, though occupied with the pursuits of industry, are still fair judges of public matters; . . . and instead of looking on discussion as a stumbling-block in the way of action, we think it an indispensable preliminary to any wise action at all" (quoted on p. 39).  All citizens can participate in democratic decision making, but we might not have enlightened understanding (understanding of the proposed policies)  We need a real understanding about these policies and how they affect us; if we don’t have an understanding, we don’t know what we’re voti
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