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Factions and Group Dynamics

1. how may factions develop in a group? How does consensus develop versus dominance by one faction?
2. Besides political parties, what factions hold opposing views on a political issue of concern to you? Why do you think they hold the point of view they do?

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Hello. The solution below should get you started. It is based on general references and personal experience. May I advise thinking of a political issue you feel strongly against as well for part 2? The section below is based on my own viewpoints so as to show you how factions work outside parties. Should you feel the need to expand on the ideas given, I am advice to utilise the listed references. Good luck and thank you for using Brainmass.

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Factions, Consensus and Dominance

A society is made up of social groups; some are smaller than others while some are bigger. The social dynamics of society is that there will always be a group or class that will dominate the rest. According to Karl Marx such dominance, as in the case of capitalist societies will always lead to social conflict as, dominant groups will always have the bigger share of resources and control of society. But this is not usually the case in postmodern philosophies. Take for example social democracy as practiced in Germany. Certain social groups by their shared ethnicity, history and culture appear to be dominant but always national decisions are sought to be achieved by consensus. Germany today works under a coalition government and while one party (i.e. SPD or CDU) might appear to have stronger support than the other in certain states or regions, in the end they cannot achieve electoral majority and must always works together under a coalition government. Such is the current government under the leadership of Angela Merkel. Factions are a grouping of politicians and individuals in a particular organization, political party or social group that share a particular view or belief not usually held by everybody else within said group. Factions, in short, are 'sub groups' within bigger organizations. ...

Solution Summary

The solution is a 1,060-word essay divided into 2 sections. Section 1 talks about factions in groups and the development of consensus, section 2 relates a divisive issue taken up by factions that the author finds exhibiting concern on for the purpose of analysis. A word version of the solution is attached. References are listed to allow room for expansion.