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Elections in Divided Societies 3/03/09
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Divided Societies Can democracy work in divided societies? Depends on the nature of the divisions? Divided societies/Ethnic diversity What is an ethnic group? “Group of people who see themselves as a distinct cultural community; who often share a common language, religion, kinship, and/or physical characteristic” And “who tend to harbor negative and hostile feelings towards members of other groups” Idea of an “out group”
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What shapes the choice of electoral system? Nature of the group identity Primordial Blood ties “Natural” - prior to socialization Instrumental No primordial identity Created by leaders - power Constructed Created by culture / socialization / unconscious Effects of Enlightenment / Industrial revolution Many different opinions on this issue…
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Why is the nature of identity important
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This note was uploaded on 04/07/2009 for the course POLISCI 389 taught by Professor Allenhicken during the Winter '09 term at University of Michigan.

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