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consensus

[kən′sen·səs]
(science and technology)
A method of checking or confirming the correctness of an observation or report, based on agreement between different observers.

consensus

the existence within a society community or group, of a fundamental agreement on basic values. While some sociologists, notably Talcott PARSONS, emphasize the existence of such shared values as the basis of any persisting social order, other sociologists do not, pointing to the frequency with which social systems may be held together by reciprocal interests or by force. See also LEGITIMATE AUTHORITY, NORMATIVE FUNCTIONALISM, SOCIAL INTEGRATION AND SYSTEM INTEGRATION. POLITICAL CONSENSUS, DOMINANT IDEOLOGY THESIS.
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This sort of contradiction is what makes consensus politics so specious.
Consensus politics does affect political culture by increasing the cost of political participation for voters because the normal organizing features of party platforms and leadership politics are missing; the government leader is not elected as a result of his or her party leadership but is chosen by the whole assembly after the territorial election.
Because the multitude of blips force ideologies to crumble and societies to "demassify," Toffler argues that consensus politics will shatter in an onslaught of minority demands, Decisions that can be decentralized well be, and power will devolve out of the hands of traditional politicians, who cannot possibly remain informed on the multitude of social endeavors.
In the absence of strong, consensus politics, the fear of yet another coup--if and when a severe political, economic or social crisis hits the nation--will not entirely go away.
This is marketed as consensus politics but too often means what the rabid populist view of the moment happens to be.
This inflow has several immediate effects, all of them beneficial to a free inquiry that will in turn aid the gathering of facts conducive to consensus politics.
The theory of pluralism appeared to be compatible with the consensus politics which ostensibly characterized American political life in the post Mc Carthy years and downplayed the role of conflict and struggle in the political process.
Antti Piippo, the board chairman of the Finnish technology company Elcoteq, has said that the Finnish model with strong interest organisations and consensus politics will not be competitive globally.
In a densely populated nation of 16 million that prides itself in tolerance and no- ripple consensus politics, Fortuyn had set the political stage aflame.
Consensus politics means every decision has to win unanimous support.
So are Bernhard, Handke and Jelinek post-ideological, or are they cogs in the wheels of the very consensus politics they despise?
Following Arend Lijphart's lead, many commentators describe what is happening in Australia as consensus politics.