Dealing with Difference: Four Models of Pluralist Politics
University College London - Department of Political Science; European University Institute
January 18, 2010
Parliamentary Affairs, Vol. 53, pp. 198-217, 2000
Pluralism of ideals, interests and identities are inescapable features of contemporary polities. Such pluralism makes politics necessary whilst sometimes rendering it virtually impossible. This article examines four models of pluralist politics. The first tries to abstract from people's differences and find neutral ground in a liberal constitution. The second seeks a modus vivendi between competing interest groups. The third employs group rights to separate the various sources of pluralism into more or less homogenous units. The fourth gives voice to and recognises the different ideals, interests and identities of individuals and groups, whilst encouraging the negotiation of fair accommodations between them in ways that sustain and even reshape, but do not destroy, political community.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 20
Keywords: Pluralism, Democracy, Liberalism, Culture, Compromise
Date posted: January 19, 2010