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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

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

Rotimi T. Suberu

Larry Diamond

Oxford University Press

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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