Philip J. Howe

Imperial Austria as a Precursor to Consociational Democracy

The consociational model of democracy, although long recognized by political scientists as a possible solution to the problems of democracy in divided societies, as not gained wide recognition among historians.  In failing to recognize non-majoritarian democratic alternatives, historians risk overlooking or misinterpreting important political developments.  Simultaneously, greater consideration of consociationalism’s history promises a better understanding …
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