Robert A. Dahl

1915 - 2014

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Robert Alan Dahl (; December 17, 1915 – February 5, 2014) was an American political theorist and Sterling Professor of Political Science at Yale University. He established the pluralist theory of democracy—in which political outcomes are enacted through competitive, if unequal, interest groups—and introduced "polyarchy" as a descriptor of actual democratic governance. An originator of "empirical theory" and known for advancing behavioralist characterizations of political power, Dahl's research focused on the nature of decision making in actual institutions, such as American cities. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Robert A. Dahl has received more than 426,554 page views. His biography is available in 32 different languages on Wikipedia. Robert A. Dahl is the 10th most popular political scientist, the 910th most popular biography from United States (down from 821st in 2019) and the 4th most popular American Political Scientist.

Robert A. Dahl is most famous for his work in political science, specifically on the study of democracy. He is most famous for his book, "A Preface to Democratic Theory," which was published in 1956.

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Among political scientists, Robert A. Dahl ranks 10 out of 29Before him are Harold Lasswell, Hans Morgenthau, Francis Fukuyama, Ralf Dahrendorf, Benedict Anderson, and Georg Jellinek. After him are Christian Lous Lange, Johan Galtung, Maurice Duverger, Gene Sharp, David Easton, and Joseph Nye.

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Among people born in 1915, Robert A. Dahl ranks 28Before him are Fred Hoyle, Les Paul, Stanley Matthews, Curd Jürgens, Aung San, and Charles H. Townes. After him are Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Brother Roger, Bob Kane, Robert Hofstadter, Shoichi Yokoi, and Helmut Schön. Among people deceased in 2014, Robert A. Dahl ranks 39Before him are Chespirito, Masaru Emoto, Richard Møller Nielsen, Maya Angelou, Lorin Maazel, and Daniel Keyes. After him are Yoshiko Yamaguchi, Cayetana Fitz-James Stuart, 18th Duchess of Alba, Pete Seeger, Karlheinz Böhm, Gerald Edelman, and Luise Rainer.

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Among people born in United States, Robert A. Dahl ranks 910 out of 15,968Before him are Baruch Samuel Blumberg (1925), Solomon Northup (1808), Glenn T. Seaborg (1912), Tom Waits (1949), Colin Powell (1937), and Lynn Margulis (1938). After him are Harry Dean Stanton (1926), George F. Kennan (1904), Melvin Schwartz (1932), Willie Nelson (1933), Steve Martin (1945), and Mark David Chapman (1955).


Among political scientists born in United States, Robert A. Dahl ranks 4Before him are Samuel P. Huntington (1927), Harold Lasswell (1902), and Francis Fukuyama (1952). After him are Gene Sharp (1928), Joseph Nye (1937), Robert D. Putnam (1941), John Mearsheimer (1947), William Graham Sumner (1840), Robert Keohane (1941), Norman Finkelstein (1953), and Graham Allison (1940).