Consensus and Conflict: Essays in Political Sociology

TitleConsensus and Conflict: Essays in Political Sociology
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication1985
AuthorsLipset, S. M.
PublisherNew Brunswick, N.J. : Transaction Books
ISBN Number0887380514
Keywordsconsensus, Political sociology, Social conflict, value systems

The first of two volumes of Seymour Martin Lipsit's major papers deals with social and political conflict and, to a lesser extent, the way in which value systems and political institutions maintain order and consensus. Together these papers expound Lipset's thesis that, although all complex societies are characterized by a high degree of internal tension and conflict, consensual institutions and values are necessary conditions for their persistence.