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The Architecture of DemocracyConstitutional Design, Conflict Management, and Democracy$
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Andrew Reynolds

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780199246465

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0199246467.001.0001

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Institutional Design, Ethnic Conflict Management, and Democracy in Nigeria

Institutional Design, Ethnic Conflict Management, and Democracy in Nigeria

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(p.400) 14 Institutional Design, Ethnic Conflict Management, and Democracy in Nigeria
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The Architecture of Democracy
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Rotimi T. Suberu

Larry Diamond

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0199246467.003.0015

Explores six topics for which Nigerian politics offer rich material for analysis: the relative impacts of democratic constitutionalism and military authoritarianism on inter‐ethnic relations; the relationship between the form and character of federalism on the one hand, and success or failure in the management of ethnic conflict on the other; the relative auspiciousness of presidential and parliamentary government for deeply divided developing countries; the latent tensions between integrative and accommodative (consociational) solutions to the dilemmas of national unity; the duality and complementarity of formal and informal practices for the management of ethnic conflict; and the possible elements of a reform agenda for promoting stable, peaceful, and democratic management of ethnic conflict.

Keywords:   consociationalism, ethnic conflict, Nigeria

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