Introduction: developments in power sharing theory
The present volume contains articles and chapters written over a period of
thirty-five years, from 1969 to 2004, but most of them date from the 1990s.
They all evolve around the idea of power sharing democracy, its different
forms, alternative democratic institutions, and other closely related topics.
In this Introduction, my emphasis will be on the intellectual development of
power sharing theory and on the cohesion among its components. The
essays that I selected for inclusion in this volume constitute only a small
portion of my total scholarly output, and in the Introduction I shall explain why I regard them as the most representative and significant of my work. It
will also give me an opportunity to express further thoughts on these topics
as well as a few second thoughts that I have had.