Institutional Design, Ethnic Conflict Management, and Democracy in Nigeria

Rotimi T. Suberu and Larry Diamond

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

 Institutional Design, Ethnic Conflict Management, and Democracy in Nigeria

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Explores six topics for which Nigerian politics offer rich material for analysis: the relative impacts of democratic constitutionalism and military authoritarianism on inter‐ethnic relations; the relationship between the form and character of federalism on the one hand, and success or failure in the management of ethnic conflict on the other; the relative auspiciousness of presidential and parliamentary government for deeply divided developing countries; the latent tensions between integrative and accommodative (consociational) solutions to the dilemmas of national unity; the duality and complementarity of formal and informal practices for the management of ethnic conflict; and the possible elements of a reform agenda for promoting stable, peaceful, and democratic management of ethnic conflict.

Keywords: consociationalism; ethnic conflict; Nigeria

Chapter.  11331 words. 

Subjects: Politics

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