Politics in plural societies : a theory of democratic instability

  title={Politics in plural societies : a theory of democratic instability},
  author={Alvin Rabushka and Kenneth A. Shepsle},
  journal={American Political Science Review},
concepts developed and the politics of plural societies. We have no intention of resolving this problem in summary fashion. As a result, the next chapter is devoted in its entirety to an analysis of politics in the plural society using the tools and language of this chapter. 58. E. E. Schattschneider, "Intensity, Visability, Direction and Scope," American Political Science Review 51, no. 3 (September 1957): 933-42 (quotation at p. 937). 
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