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Introduction

  • Ioannis N. GrigoriadisEmail author
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Part of the Reform and Transition in the Mediterranean book series (RTM)

Abstract

This chapter introduces the terms “majoritarianism” and “populism”, the distinction between majoritarian and consensus democracies, and goes over the respective criteria, according to the literature on democracy. While majoritarianism refers to the rule of the majority without any consideration of the views or the rights of the minority, consensus democracy refers to the rule of as big a majority as possible. It then justifies the choice of Greece and Turkey as cases where majoritarianism has witnessed a rise in the context of democratic transition.

Keywords

Majoritarianism Populism Consensus Democratization Greece Turkey Democracy 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Political Science and Public AdministrationBilkent UniversityBilkent, AnkaraTurkey

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