Democracy in Divided Societies: Electoral Engineering for by Benjamin Reilly

By Benjamin Reilly

Democracy is inherently tough in societies divided alongside deep ethnic cleavages. Elections in such societies will usually motivate 'centrifugal' politics which present extremist ethnic appeals, zero-sum political behaviour and ethnic clash, and which accordingly usually result in the breakdown of democracy. Reilly examines the potential for 'electoral engineering' as a mechanism of clash administration in divided societies. He makes a speciality of the little-known event of a few divided societies that have used preferential, vote-pooling electoral platforms - comparable to Papua New Guinea, Sri Lanka, Northern eire and Fiji. exam of those circumstances exhibits that electoral structures which inspire bargaining among rival political actors, which advertise the advance of broad-based, aggregative political events and which current campaigning politicians with incentives to draw votes from more than a few ethnic teams can, below yes stipulations, motivate the advance of average, accommodatory political festival in divided societies.

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