Constitutional Design: Proposals Versus Processes

Donald L. Horowitz

in The Architecture of Democracy

Published in print March 2002 | ISBN: 9780199246465
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191600135 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Studies in Democratization

 Constitutional Design: Proposals Versus Processes

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The essence of democracy is that it is indigenous, and the practice over importing a model of democratic governance from outside virtually assures its non‐democratic character, unless a very circumspect approach is adopted. Nor is there a clear theoretical consensus within the developed countries themselves. This chapter sets out the author's basic objections to the theory of consociationalism, and his reasons for preferring an incentives‐based approach to encouraging accommodative behaviour over power‐sharing.

Keywords: consociationalism; constitutional design; power‐sharing

Chapter.  9283 words. 

Subjects: Politics

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