Pluralism

Discipline: Political Science

Descriptive and prescriptive theory of power in modern societies.

Either: since people gain their identity from the groups of which they are members, political power should wherever possible be distributed to functional groups; or: in modern democracies, bargaining between groups contributes as much to policy as does formal democracy.

Also see: impacted pluralism

Source:
David Miller et al., eds, The Blackwell Encyclopaedia of Political Thought (Oxford, 1987)

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