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This essential new book brings together world class scholars to provide a completely new comparative politics text. It offers a comprehensive reivew of the complete democratic process and provides a framework for measuring and evaluating contemporary democracy and democratic performance around the world.

Interest Intermediation: The Cases of Consociational Democracy and Corporatism
Interest intermediation: The cases of consociational democracy and corporatism
Introduction: What is Corporatism and Consociational Democracy About?

In a democratic system societal interests are articulated, aggregated and transformed into political decisions, a process called interest intermediation. Consociational democracy and corporatism denote styles of decision-making of various actors in a democracy. Both styles share the element that decisions are usually not reached by plurality of votes or other power resources. Rather the actors seek to integrate a large number of actors or societal groups into a decision by negotiations and mutual concessions, respecting the autonomy of the various actors and their groups. Hence corporatism and consociational democracy are the major empirical instances of ‘negotiation democracies’.

Both styles differ with regard ...

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