The Plural Societies for Which Consociation Is Prescribed

  • Brighid Brooks Kelly


The plural societies described by Lijphart are identified as precisely as possible through analysis of every usage of the term in his work involving consociation. Comparison of this concept with similar ones described by other political scientists illustrates the relevance of this project’s findings to a wide body of research involving intergroup conflict. The optimal means available for operationalization of Lijphart’s plural societies through quantitative cases is explored, justified, and specified. The drawbacks of this methodological decision are acknowledged and discussed. Recognition of the imperfect correspondence between how plural societies would ideally be represented and the best data available now for doing so emphasizes the value of studying the effects of consociation through case studies, as well as statistical analysis.


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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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