Lack of integration of divergent political views in government administration may be a feature of a one-party state or dictatorship, or of a democracy in which minority interests may be excluded because of their economic weakness. Discrimination and other forms of repression or intimidation may be used to prevent minorities or underprivileged majorities from being heard, and political opportunism and corruption may be used to suppress a rival political party. The result may be political apathy and alienation, instability and possible revolution, subversive activities, and persistent social inequality and conflict. In an intergovernmental organization, some degree of political integration occurs between the same political parties among the different nations, and between nations who share common concerns, thus creating political factions. Dominant factions are resented and their actions frequently polarize the interests of the nation-states involved. Party alliances may be broken as political struggles for advantage take precedence among the member delegations.
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