political consensus

political consensus

  1. the existence, within a POLITICAL SYSTEM, of broad agreement on the ‘rules of the political game’ (LIPSET, 1960), i.e. the absence of major political parties (e.g. revolutionary parties) opposed to the continuation of the system.
  2. the agreement between parties on more particular issues of policy, e.g. the ‘postwar consensus’ in postwar Britain on the fundamental principles of the WELFARE STATE, or on a policy of FULL EMPLOYMENT, usually held to have ended with the election of the Thatcher government in 1979. See also CONSENSUS, LEGITIMATION CRISIS.
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A strong political consensus is essential to meet the conditions for closer EU integration," she added.
Harp claims that Michelin's pronatalism and its well-publicized system of family allowances for its workers contributed to the later political consensus that supported the modern French welfare state.
His opinion was that if one desired to be guaranteed a university degree, one would simply have to go into the field of education, and constantly agree with one's professors; for in the faculties of education, political consensus ultimately holds sway over academic achievement.
The lopsided 285-143 vote in the House on June 26 to block the entry of Mexican trucks into the United States is the first solid indicator of just how badly the Reagan era political consensus behind free trade has eroded.
Most important, the Senate has been out of session for two months - the senators scattered around the country - so there has not been the give and take necessary to reach a political consensus.
The good news Califano draws out of the 1994 health care reform fiasco is the emergence of a political consensus that all Americans should have timely access to care.
Innovations in trade and market liberalization, and the modernization of public institutions are sustained through political consensus.
He pointed out that "these dialogues must be preceded by understanding between the political blocs to achieve the best results, in order to address the division in the House of Representatives, and achieving political consensus.
We should have a comprehensive political consensus to save Lebanon from the political conflicts in order to face terrorism, knowing that all the surrounding countries are flaming," the minister concluded.
Jom specified during the meeting that his government is focusing on the economic and security files, adding that [beaucoup moins que]Tunisia has entered a stage of political consensus and security stability, after the adoption of the new Constitution and compromise about a government of competences.
He said Karachi operation was started with political consensus and consultation of all the stakeholders, adding, information gathered during the investigation should not be disclosed.
Dialogue (with Taliban) is a unanimous political consensus and not a single-party one" he expressed.