Consociation: Refining the Theory and a Defence

By Brendan O’Leary.

Published by The Diversity Collection

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A defence of the coherence of the consociational theory of power-sharing, both as social science and political prescription.

International Journal of Diversity in Organizations, Communities and Nations, Volume 3. Article: Print (Spiral Bound), ISSN: 1447-9832, DC03-0060-2003. Article: Electronic (PDF File; 421.606KB), ISSN: 1447-9583, DC03-0060-2003.

Professor Brendan O’Leary

Brendan O'Leary is Stanley I Sheerr Endowed Term Professor in the Social Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania, where he directs the Solomon Asch Center for the study of ethnopolitical conflict. He was born in Cork, Ireland, and grew up in Nigeria, Northern Ireland, Sudan and Uganda. His university education was at Oxford University and at the London School of Economics & Political Science, where he was on the faculty from 1983 until 2001, a full professor and the head of the Government Department 1998-2001. In recent years O'Leary has been a political and constitutional advisor or consultant on Northern Ireland, Somalia and Kwa-Zulu Natal. He is currently researching four topics: on the Good Friday Agreement in and over Northern Ireland; a short book on consociation; a longer work with John McGarry on how states manage nations; and a comparison of the theories of nationalism of Elie Kedourie, Ernest Gellner and Eric Hobsbawm. For some of his recent publications see


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