ABSTRACT

Political conflicts have developmental consequences for the organized groups between or within which they occur. These consequences may contribute to the organization’s growth and integration or lead to its disintegration. To recognize which kinds of conflict tend to promote integration would presumably enable organization leaders to manage conflicts and the development of their organization, for example, a political party, more deliberately and positively. This seems particularly important and true if we accept the position that (1) the essential activity of politics is the management of conflict and (2) the most significant outcome of democratic or constitutional politics is the socialization of conflict. 1