|Title||Consensus and Conflict: Essays in Political Sociology|
|Year of Publication||1985|
|Authors||Lipset, S. M.|
|Publisher||New Brunswick, N.J. : Transaction Books|
|Keywords||consensus, 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.