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Consensus Modality in Nepal's Transition: Accommodating Parties and Shrinking Democratic Spaces

Rajib Timalsina
2017 Asian Journal of Peacebuilding  
Nepal is in a long political transition. This article focuses on the complex practices and concepts of political consensus in Nepal, and an effort is made to capture the political dynamics of different stakeholders of consensus politics with insights into the complex political reality. This article argues that the practice of consensus has contributed to easy resource distribution, containing overt violence, and accommodating diverse political parties, and made more progress in consolidating
more » ... in consolidating peace than in promoting democracy. Established democratic norms were monopolized by a few leaders in the name of consensus, sometimes even leading to political tensions. Thus, the consociation model falters in Nepal and the proper adoption of a democratic contestation model may be a solution for ongoing sociopolitical tensions.
doi:10.18588/201705.00a026 fatcat:3jbwwhj2lja7lm5kjbicpr3jxi