ma·​jor·​i·​tar·​i·​an·​ism | \ mə-ˌjȯr-ə-ˈter-ē-ə-ˌni-zəm How to pronounce majoritarianism (audio) , -ˌjär- \

Definition of majoritarianism

: the philosophy or practice according to which decisions of an organized group should be made by a numerical majority of its members

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Recent Examples on the Web Crass majoritarianism gives them a choice of living under Californian government in California or living under Californian government in Wyoming. Kevin D. Williamson, National Review, "Accept the Results," 9 Sep. 2020 Populism is unhindered majoritarianism and liberalism is the hindrance. The Economist, "Open Future Is liberalism really kaput?," 4 Dec. 2019 In Assam, the politics of citizenship, which is a toxic combination of Assamese sub-nationalism and Hindutva majoritarianism, brings to the fore how the limits on human rights put by modern nation-states and ideas of citizenship may be weaponised. Smitana Saikia, Quartz India, "Why is the Modi government so shrill about finding and deporting illegal immigrants?," 5 Sep. 2019 There’s no escaping the prevailing global zeitgeist of majoritarianism. Andy Mukherjee | Bloomberg, Washington Post, "A Capital City in the Jungle? It’s Not a Crazy Idea," 19 Aug. 2019 In this changing world, the fraternity necessary for social solidarity is being experienced as cultural majoritarianism. Ajay Gudavarthy, Quartz India, "Neoliberalism is killing the very idea of citizenship in India," 2 Sep. 2019 By democracy, the pundits really mean majoritarianism, and our system has all sorts of counter-majoritarian rules built in, the Electoral College and the Senate being the most salient examples. Kyle Smith, National Review, "Our Democracy Is Not in Crisis," 23 July 2019 The system’s mix of proportional representation and majoritarianism has given an overwhelming majority to Georgian Dream, which received 49 percent of the popular vote but 77 percent of parliament seats in the last election. Alexander Sikorski, National Review, "Georgians Continue to Defy Putin, and the West Must Stand with Them," 28 June 2019 But one which will only develop if progressive leaders are able to move beyond excessive fear of populism and learn to speak the language of popular majoritarianism and democratic self-rule. Matthew Yglesias, Vox, "The latest Obamacare ruling is part of a larger conservative attack on democracy," 15 Dec. 2018

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1942, in the meaning defined above

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“Majoritarianism.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Oct. 2020.

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