Institutional designs for diverse democracies: Consociationalism, centripetalism and communalism compared

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Abstract

An intense scholarly and public policy debate concerns the optimal design of institutions for new democracies, particularly those facing deep ethnic or cultural cleavages. This paper surveys the main contending models that have been advanced for ethnically diverse democracies - consociationalism, centripetalism and communalism - and examines the key components of each of those models. It then explores some aspects of their application, arguing that there is much more cross-over between the models than is commonly assumed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)259-270
Number of pages12
JournalEuropean Political Science
Volume11
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2012
Externally publishedYes

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