Pluralism has been one of the most dominant frameworks for understanding politics in mainstream political science. It has influenced much of the thinking on the nature of the relationship between the government and civil society from the late nineteenth century until the present day. Modes of pluralist thinking have influenced many subfields of political science, including pressure groups, political theory, multiculturalism, public administration and discourse theory. In addition pluralist analysis has been used for analysing a range of types of political systems from liberal democracies to authoritarian regimes. Many political scientists often work with an implicit pluralist framework.
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