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Power-Sharing and Consociational Theory

  • Brighid Brooks Kelly

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Brighid Brooks Kelly
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  3. Brighid Brooks Kelly
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  4. A Quantitative Assessment of Consociation

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 53-53
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  5. A Qualitative Examination of Consociation’s Role in Seven Cases

  6. Back Matter
    Pages 357-389

About this book

Introduction

Fifty years ago, academics and policymakers throughout the world agreed that it was impossible for certain sets of historically antagonistic groups to coexist peacefully on a long-term basis. This book examines the system of consociation, which was identified by Arend Lijphart and ended that pessimistic consensus. Lijphart’s specific observations concerning the impact of consociation are assessed quantitatively and qualitatively, facilitated through careful operationalization of his descriptions of consociation’s four components: grand coalition, minority veto, proportionality, and segmental autonomy. Insights derived from a dataset representing the experiences of eighty-eight countries are examined further through case study analysis of the seven societies most often discussed in relation to consociation: Austria, Belgium, Canada, the Netherlands, Northern Ireland, South Africa, and Switzerland. The components of consociation are found to promote lasting peace in divided societies most successfully when combined with additional incentives for the encouragement of cross-cutting cleavages and shared loyalties.

Brighid Brooks Kelly is Visiting Scholar at the University of Pennsylvania’s Andrea Mitchell Center for the Study of Democracy, USA. Her work was awarded the Basil Chubb Prize, following its submission to Trinity College Dublin.  

Keywords

consociation power-sharing single transferable vote electoral system Northern Ireland South Africa Switzerland The Netherlands Austria Belgium Canada

Authors and affiliations

  • Brighid Brooks Kelly
    • 1
  1. 1.Andrea Mitchell Center for the Study of DemocracyUniversity of PennsylvaniaSwarthmoreUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-14191-2
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG, part of Springer Nature 2019
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Political Science and International Studies
  • Print ISBN 978-3-030-14190-5
  • Online ISBN 978-3-030-14191-2
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