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Description Reviews Awards. While it may be difficult to achieve and maintain stable democratic governments in countries with deep religious, ideological, linguistic, cultural, or ethnic cleavages, Lijphart argues that it is not at all impossible. Through the analysis of political systems in six continents, he demonstrates that what he calls consociational democracy can be successful in severely divided or plural societies.

Bingham Powell, Jr. Meyer, Perspective. This will-written work, containing a wealth of information on politics of many diverse nations is highly recommended for academic libraries. With a penetrating examination of several exemplary successes and a few failures of consociational democracy in Western and non-Western societies.

Lijphart concludes that partition may be the only solution if consociational democracy should prove unworkable. This comparative study is a significant contribution to the literature and is recommended for graduate libraries. Here, once again, Arend Lijphart is directing our attention to matters which will surely engage much of the attention of students of comparative politics in the next decade. For all its lucidity, its principal merit is the scope and logic of the argument, not the practical conclusions, and nobody should embark on it unless they subscribe to the principal that it is better to travel hopefully than to arrive.

It draws evidence from an impressive range of countries, from Belgium to Malaysia, from Cyprus to Nigeria. Throughout it is pervaded by a deep seriousness, combining scholarship with commitment in a way which will be appreciated by students of Europe and of the Third World, by normative theorists and empirical theorists. A study which can still speak to such a wide audience in political science deserves a warm welcome from the profession.

Also of Interest More from this Author. The Minority Party in the U. House of Representatives. Matthew N. Samuel P. Charles E. Robert A. Larry Elliott and Dan Atkinson. Participation and Opposition. Arend Lijphart. American Government in a Country Perspective. Steven L. Taylor, Matthew S.

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Democracy in Plural Societies: A Comparative Exploration

Don't rely on these old notes in lieu of reading the literature, but they can jog your memory. As a grad student long ago, my peers and I collaborated to write and exchange summaries of political science research. I posted them to a wiki-style website. I cannot vouch for these notes' accuracy, nor can I even say who wrote them. If you have more recent summaries to add to this collection, send them my way I guess. Sorry for the ads; they cover the costs of keeping this online. Democracy in plural societies: A comparative exploration.


Democracy in Plural Societies


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