Democracy in Plural Societies: A Comparative Exploration

  title={Democracy in Plural Societies: A Comparative Exploration},
  author={Judith A. Nagata and Arend Lijphart},
  journal={International Journal},
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. "Here, once again, Arend Lijphart is directing our attention to matters which will surely engage… 
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