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Robert Dahl, political scientist, dead at 98

NEW YORK: One of the country's most esteemed political scientists, Robert A. Dahl, has died.

His daughter Sara Connor says that Dahl died Wednesday at a nursing home in Connecticut. He was 98.

A longtime professor at Yale University, Dahl wrote the influential "Who Governs?" and numerous other books and articles that championed democracy in theory and critiqued it in practice. He was a former president of the American Political Science Association and winner of several prizes.

The Times Literary Supplement named "Who Governs?" among the 100 most influential books since World War II.

His other books included a popular textbook, "Democracy in the United States"; "After the Revolution?"; "Democracy and Its Critics"; and "Polyarchy," a term coined by Dahl for a modern, decentralized democracy.

 

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