The Wave of Power‐Sharing Democracy

Arend Lijphart

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

 The Wave of Power‐Sharing Democracy

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Sets out the basic theory of consociational democracy, and reviews the main points of agreement and disagreement among political scientists concerning its utility as a model of democratic power‐sharing in divided societies. The theory suffers from an unavoidable unquantifiability, which should not, however, operate as a bar to its application as a fruitful source of guidelines for constitutional design.

Keywords: consociationalism; constitutional design; power‐sharing

Chapter.  7199 words. 

Subjects: Politics

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