Exclusion, Inclusion, and Political Institutions

Matthew Holden

in The Oxford Handbook of Political Institutions

Published in print June 2008 | ISBN: 9780199548460
Published online September 2009 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks of Political Science

Exclusion, Inclusion, and Political Institutions

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This article discusses political institutions and exclusion and inclusion. It reveals that institutions are excellent at inclusion but poor at exclusion. It examines the hypothesis of the counter-attack and studies current political science and the double problem of inclusion and exclusion. It shows how different institutions deal with inclusion/exclusion, and examines dominant and subordinate groups. The institution of federalism and the legislative institution are discussed as well. This article ends with a discussion of the premises about the process of inclusion and the problem of exclusion.

Keywords: political institutions; exclusion; inclusion; hypothesis of the counter-attack; dominant groups; subordinate groups; institution of federalism; legislative institution; problem of exclusion; process of inclusion

Article.  12046 words. 

Subjects: Politics ; Political Institutions ; Comparative Politics

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