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Ballots not Bullets: Testing Consociational Theories of Ethnic Conflict, Electoral Systems, and Democratization

Pippa Norris

in The Architecture of Democracy

Published in print March 2002 | ISBN: 9780199246465
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191600135 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199246467.003.0009

Series: Oxford Studies in Democratization

 Ballots not Bullets: Testing Consociational Theories of Ethnic Conflict, Electoral Systems, and Democratization

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Summarizes the key assumptions in consociational theories of democracy, enumerates the key propositions to be explored, and describes the data and research methods to be employed. It then compares political attitudes and behaviour among a diverse range of ethnic minorities from countries with various levels of democratic and socio‐economic development—three countries with majoritarian electoral systems (the USA, Great Britain, Australia), three countries with ‘mixed’ or parallel electoral systems (Taiwan, Ukraine, Lithuania), and six countries with PR (proportional representation) systems (Poland, Romania, Czech Republic, Spain, New Zealand, Israel). The results of the analysis suggest that there is no simple relationship between the type of electoral system and majority–minority differences in political support. In particular, it finds no evidence for the proposition that PR party‐list systems are directly associated with higher levels of support for the political system among ethnic minorities.

Keywords: consociationalism; electoral system; ethnic relations; proportional representation

Chapter.  14208 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Politics

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