Comparison of this Project’s Quantitative Findings with Others’ Evaluations of Consociation’s Effects

  • Brighid Brooks Kelly


The significance of this project’s quantitative results is further elucidated through their comparison with common critiques of consociational theory and similar projects’ methodologies and findings. The operationalization and scientifically sound statistical treatment of Lijphart’s theory illustrate that it is not correct to assert that it is unfalsifiable. Analysis of six favorable conditions identified by Lijphart through control variables suggests many insights regarding their relationship to consociation, which has been qualitatively analyzed in a wide range of publications. The quantitative studies most similar to this one are not designed to precisely represent this theory but most of their findings involving related concepts do not contradict those derived from this dataset.


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

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