The stability of divided societies often depends on whether the elites of rival subcultures are willing and able to engage in compromise, as opposed to confrontation. This volume offers a new and detailed comparative analysis of such societies thirty years on. Contributors use a a novel combination of Lijphart's model of consociational democracy and the most recent literature on political parties to examine the pivotal role played by political parties within and between divided societies.
Pt. I. Introduction: the significance of party elites. 1. A framework for the comparative analysis of political parties and party systems in consociational democracy / Kurt Richard Luther. 2. The utility of party and institutional indicators of change in consociational democracies / Paul Pennings -- Pt. II. Case studies in comparative perspective. 3. Must what goes up always come down? Of pillars and arches in Austria's political architecture / Kurt Richard Luther. 4. From consociation to federation: how the Belgian parties won / Kris Deschouwer. 5. Parties, pillars and the politics of accommodation: weak or weakening linkages? The case of Dutch consociationalism / Rudy B. Andeweg. 6. The odd fellow: parties and consociationalism in Switzerland / Pascal Sciarini and Simon Hug. 7. Israel and the consociational model: religion and class in the Israeli party system, from consociationalism to consensualism to majoritarianism / Reuven Y. Hazan.
Number Of Pages: 312
Published: 20th October 1999