Senators and governors were left scratching their heads yesterday after Prof Nyong’o confused them with vocabulary during debate of the new election rules. Here is the meaning of term Consociationalism which he used.
“Consociationalism” – Consociationalism is a form of democracy which seeks to regulate and stabilize a society comprised of diverse groups. In recent years, it has become a major demand of Israeli Arabs.
Definition: Consociationalism is a form of democracy which seeks to regulate the sharing of power in a state that comprises diverse societies (distinct ethnic, religious, political, national or linguistic groups), by allocating these groups collective rights. The executive-power sharing is mainly characterized by proportional representation, veto rights and segmental autonomy for minority groups.
In recent years, it has become a major demand of Israeli Arabs.