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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.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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.
Collins Dictionary of Sociology, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2000
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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.
IF EMPIRICISM HELPS support a consensus politics today, it is likely to be even more effective in the future.
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?
Furthermore, it is maintained that without them the much-vaunted 'consensus politics' that underpinned the fledgling democracy would not have been possible.
Following Arend Lijphart's lead, many commentators describe what is happening in Australia as consensus politics. If it is consensus, it is agreement between people who share much in common.
"We have been assured by the Labour group that it believes in consensus politics.
Stressing the importance of dynamic bargaining in addressing social and political problems, Lesbirel shows the role of these compromises in Japanese consensus politics. He uses comparative case studies to support the proposition that bargaining can help resolve disputes, even if this does not lead to consistent results.
It was the breakdown of consensus politics that led the party to abandon suffrage as the central focus of its political agenda; and the decline in the party's commitment accounted, in part, for the eventual disfranchisement of southern blacks.
Good times and consensus politics also have thrown the Republican Congressional leadership off balance.