Praesidium

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Minorities Rule

At least since Robert Dahl, it's often been said that democracy is not really rule of a monolithic majority but a coalition of minorities. The 'minorities rule' claims may be strengthened by the news that ethnic minorities are set to be a majority in the US by 2042.

Of course, this isn't decisive, because the point of the thesis is really to emphasize cross-cutting cleavages (others being, e.g., gender or class/wealth).

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