Others in deeply divided societies: A research agenda

Timofey Agarin*, Allison McCulloch, Cera Murtagh

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This article identifies a central problem in the theory and practice of democracy in divided societies: the systematic exclusion of Others. Defining the exclusion-amid-inclusion (EAI) dilemma of consociational power-sharing, whereby in including the main groups to the conflict it works to exclude those beyond these groups, the article offers the first systematic conceptualization of this issue. The article outlines the type of individuals and groups affected by the EAI dilemma, the varying strategies they adopt to navigate power-sharing frameworks and the potential routes out of this normative and empirical puzzle. Finally, it lays out a challenge for scholars to build on this conceptualization and address the EAI dilemma in future research.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)299-310
Number of pages12
JournalNationalism and Ethnic Politics
Issue number3
Early online date06 Aug 2018
Publication statusEarly online date - 06 Aug 2018

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Political Science and International Relations

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