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Consociationalism

ALAN BRUDNER

in Constitutional Goods

Published in print March 2007 | ISBN: 9780199225798
Published online January 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780191706516 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199225798.003.0012
Consociationalism

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This chapter inquires into the general design of a legislature best suited to the democratic ideals of authority-validation and self-rule. It criticizes the civic republican model of representation for excluding private interests from the public sphere, and the politics-of-difference model for abandoning the ideals of impartiality and civic virtue. It proposes instead Hegel's reconciliation model in which private interests are openly and equally represented in the legislature insofar as they are organized into corporate bodies that seek their members' welfare, whose internal rule is democratic, and have a private stake in the common good. The chapter argues that the formal representation of corporate interests by the corporations' chosen leaders serves authority-validation and self-rule better than the representation of the individual's disinterested will by political elites. Finally, it connects the reconciliation model with contemporary tendencies toward consociational democracy.

Keywords: democracy; representation; civic republicanism; pluralism; politics of difference; consociationalism

Chapter.  19122 words. 

Subjects: Constitutional and Administrative Law

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