A Happy Couple Drifting Apart? Taking Stock of ‘Federalism’ and ‘Consociationalism’ in an Ever-Growing Power-Sharing Universe

Freiburghaus, Rahel; Vatter, Adrian (30 August 2021). A Happy Couple Drifting Apart? Taking Stock of ‘Federalism’ and ‘Consociationalism’ in an Ever-Growing Power-Sharing Universe (Unpublished). In: ECPR General Conference 2021. Virtual event. 30.08.-03.09.2021.

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Ever since Arend Lijphart’s and Daniel J. Elazar’s seminal symposium in 1985, ‘federalism’ and ‘consociationalism’ have been rallied under the common flag of ‘non- majoritarianism’ or ‘power-sharing’. In a nutshell, both governing principles refer to an attempt of manufacturing democratic stability against the odds of deeply divided societies by means of minority protection and compound majorities. However, given the enormous scholarly output as well as the concepts’ extension to growingly diverse cases, their actual meaning just as their inherent relationship have become blurred. Following Giovanni Sartori’s advice for ‘reconstructing’ political science terms, this pa- per thus takes stock of the many applications of ‘consociationalism’ and ‘federalism’ spanning more than 50 years. Uncovering the definitional meaning, i.e. the ‘collec- tion of properties which determine the things to which the [terms] appl[y]’ (Sartori, 1970, 1041), provides insights how closely federalism and consociationalism have been inherently linked in conceptual terms. Thereupon, a new typology of how the two non- majoritarian governing principles are empirically coupled is induced. By systematically reviewing the existing literature within the power-sharing universe, the paper helps to sketch emerging avenues for future research.

Item Type:

Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)

Division/Institute:

03 Faculty of Business, Economics and Social Sciences > Social Sciences > Institute of Political Science
03 Faculty of Business, Economics and Social Sciences > Social Sciences

UniBE Contributor:

Freiburghaus, Rahel and Vatter, Adrian

Subjects:

300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 320 Political science
300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology

Language:

English

Submitter:

Rahel Freiburghaus

Date Deposited:

02 May 2022 13:38

Last Modified:

02 May 2022 13:38

Uncontrolled Keywords:

Federalism • Consociationalism • Power-Sharing • Concepts

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/167345

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