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Minority Rules: Electoral Systems, Decentralization, and Ethnoregional Party Success (Paperback)
  • Minority Rules: Electoral Systems, Decentralization, and Ethnoregional Party Success (Paperback)

Minority Rules: Electoral Systems, Decentralization, and Ethnoregional Party Success (Paperback)

Paperback 552 Pages / Published: 08/01/2015
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When we think of minorities-linguistic, ethnic, religious, regional, or racial-in world politics, conflict is often the first thing that comes to mind. Indeed, discord and tension are the depressing norms in many states across the globe: Iraq, the former Yugoslavia, Sudan, Israel, Sri Lanka, Burma, Rwanda, and many more. But as David Lublin points out in this magisterial survey of minority-based political groups across the globe, such parties typically function fairly well within larger polities. In Minority Rules, he eschews the usual approach of shining attention on conflict and instead looks at the representation of minority groups in largely peaceful and democratic countries throughout the world, from the tiniest nations in Polynesia to great powers like Russia. Specifically, he examines factors behind the electoral success of ethnic and regional parties and, alternatively, their failure to ever coalesce to explain how peaceful democracies manage relations between different groups. Contrary to theories that emphasize sources of minority discontent that exacerbate ethnic cleavages-for instance, disputes over control of natural resource wealth-Minority Rules demonstrates that electoral rules play a dominant role in explaining not just why ethnic and regional parties perform poorly or well but why one potential ethnic cleavage emerges instead of another. This is important because the emergence of ethnic/regional parties along with the failure to incorporate them meaningfully into political systems has long been associated with ethnic conflict. Therefore, Lublin's findings, which derive from an unprecedentedly rich empirical foundation, have important implications not only for reaching successful settlements to such conflicts but also for preventing violent majority-minority conflicts from ever occurring in the first place.

Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
ISBN: 9780199948840
Number of pages: 552
Weight: 706 g
Dimensions: 235 x 158 x 37 mm

David Lublin offers a titanic effort to pile an in-depth analysis of almost hundred electoral systems, which are helpful to expand the current understanding of how minorities act and react in the democratic game. This is a must-read book, which merits not only the attention of academy, in my personal case it represents one of the best books I have ever read in political science. * Maximiliano Korstanje, Int. J. Human Rights and Constitutional Studies, Vol. 5, No. 2 *
Minority Rules convincingly shows that decentralization does not have an impact on ethnoregional party vote shares in national elections; and thereby the book is a momentous study that concludes a very salient academic and policy debate. * Arjan H. Schakel, Publius *

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