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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 442,350 page views. His biography is available in 32 different languages on Wikipedia. Robert A. Dahl is the 11th most popular political scientist (down from 10th in 2019), the 979th most popular biography from United States (down from 909th 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 11 out of 29Before him are Harold Lasswell, Georg Jellinek, Hans Morgenthau, Christian Lous Lange, Benedict Anderson, and Ralf Dahrendorf. After him are Johan Galtung, Maurice Duverger, Gene Sharp, Joseph Nye, Aleksandr Dugin, and David Easton.

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Among people born in 1915, Robert A. Dahl ranks 32Before him are Curd Jürgens, Charles H. Townes, Robert Hofstadter, Norman Foster Ramsey Jr., Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, and Shoichi Yokoi. After him are Thomas Huckle Weller, Clifford Shull, Brother Roger, Aziz Nesin, Bob Kane, and Takahito, Prince Mikasa. Among people deceased in 2014, Robert A. Dahl ranks 37Before him are Jack Brabham, Maya Angelou, Masaru Emoto, Lorin Maazel, Bob Hoskins, and Mickey Rooney. After him are Cayetana Fitz-James Stuart, 18th Duchess of Alba, Karlheinz Böhm, Daniel Keyes, Maurice Duverger, Philip Seymour Hoffman, and Pete Seeger.

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Among people born in United States, Robert A. Dahl ranks 979 out of 18,182Before him are Thomas Pynchon (1937), Sam Shepard (1943), James Horner (1953), Gena Rowlands (1930), Barbara Bush (1925), and Paul Berg (1926). After him are Benjamin Guggenheim (1865), Blake Edwards (1922), Charles Cooley (1864), Dave Brubeck (1920), Matt Groening (1954), and Joseph L. Mankiewicz (1909).


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