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Minority representation in Portuguese democracy

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Using Lijphart's framework concerning different models of democracy, the objective is to provide a very brief overview of the main social and political divisions in Portuguese society, and to present the main institutional features of Portuguese democracy and the possibilities they offer for minority representation. The article starts by looking at the main social and political divisions in Portuguese society. Then, the main institutional characteristics of Portuguese democracy, as regards the executive-parties dimension and the federal-unitary dimension, and the opportunities they offer for representation of minorities in Portugal, are presented. The article uses a perspective which is both longitudinal (1974 to the present) and comparative (Portugal in the context of Western Europe). The article ends with some brief conclusions.

Keywords: Portugal; democratic model; minorities; representation

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: CIES-ISCTE.

Publication date: May 17, 2008

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