A pluralist democracy describes a political system where there is more than one center of power. Modern democracies are by definition pluralist as democracies allow freedom of association. However, pluralism may exist without democracy.
In a democratic society, individuals achieve positions of formal political authority by forming successful electoral coalitions. Such coalitions are formed through a process of bargaining among political leaders and subleaders of the various organizations within the community. It is necessary to form electoral coalitions; this gives the organizational leaders the ability to present demands and articulate the viewpoints of their membership.  Hamed Kazemzadeh, a new generation pluralist from Canada, believes that Pluralist democracy means a multitude of groups, not the people as a whole, can govern, direct, lead, and manage societies as an ethic of respect for diversity.