Definition of majoritarian in English:


Syllabification: ma·jor·i·tar·i·an
Pronunciation: /mə, jôriˈte(ə)rēən, -ˌjär-


Governed by or believing in decision by a majority.
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  • The democracy part implies that those areas of policy requiring collective decision making will reflect majoritarian preferences.
  • He believes the Greens' values are majoritarian values that can reach across the political spectrum.
  • How can majoritarian politics durably sustain policies harmful to majority interests?


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A person who is governed by or believes in decision by a majority.
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  • Richard concludes his essay with an observation that I wish conservative democratic majoritarians (and their democratic compatriots on the left) would take to heart.
  • Third, I do not claim that all the Founders were ‘libertarians,’ but (as I discuss in my book but not in this paper) neither were they democratic majoritarians.
  • But this libertarian view antagonizes both the diversitarians and the majoritarians more than anything, more even than they antagonize each other.



Pronunciation: /-ˌnizəm/
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  • First, the dominant principle of American democracy is not unconstrained majoritarianism.
  • This majoritarianism has combined with other features to provide Britain with responsible party government.
  • Still, there is a distinction to be made between majority rule and majoritarianism.

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