‘Right‐Sizing’ Or ‘Right‐Shaping’? Politics, Ethnicity, and Territory in Plural States *

Oren Yiftachel

in Right-sizing the State

Published in print November 2001 | ISBN: 9780199244904
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191600050 | DOI:
 ‘Right‐Sizing’ Or ‘Right‐Shaping’? Politics, Ethnicity, and Territory in Plural States *

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Oren Yiftachel argues that consociational patterns of authority among elites, the restricted state authority, and the internal boundaries for rival communal groups open up a possibility of maintaining state borders intact with high levels of democratic stability. The author focuses on three bi‐ethnic states: Lebanon from 1943 to 1985, Cyprus from 1960 to 1974, and Belgium from 1963 to 1993. Theoretically, the author brings together discussion of public policy towards ethnic groups —particularly accommodation and consociation—and the role of ethnic geographies that highlight special factors of state integrity and cohesion.

Keywords: Belgium; consociational; Cyprus; geography; Lebanon; public policy

Chapter.  10941 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Comparative Politics

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