The Uneasy Relationship between Empirical and Normative Types in Consociational Theory

  title={The Uneasy Relationship between Empirical and Normative Types in Consociational Theory},
  author={Matthijs Bogaards},
  journal={Journal of Theoretical Politics},
  pages={395 - 423}
Consociationalism has enriched comparative politics with a whole lineage of non-majoritarian types of democracy: from consociational democracy to consensus democracy and power-sharing. This article unravels the development, interaction and succession of empirical and normative typologies in 30 years of consociational literature as embodied in the work of Lijphart. It argues that consociational theory is plagued by serious conceptual problems which remain undetected by current inquiries into… Expand
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