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Assessing the glue that holds society together: social cohesion arguments in liberal democracy

The article addresses social cohesion (SC) as a given political good in liberal democracies. It analyzes arguments based on SC by discussing a scientific and a political discourse on SC and the adjacent literature. The analysis identifies shared premises in conceptions and usage of SC, showing that the concept is both analytically flawed and highly normative. Next, it assesses the function of the …