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State history, historical legitimacy and modern ethnic diversity

Bleaney, Michael; Dimico, Arcangelo

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Michael Bleaney michael.bleaney@nottingham.ac.uk

Arcangelo Dimico



Abstract

How much does the antiquity of states, and the sometimes arbitrary nature of colonial boundaries, explain the modern degree of theory of ethnic diversity and income disthnic diversity? It is shown that states with greater historical legitimacy (more continuity between the pre-colonial and post-colonial state) have less ethnic diversity. Historical legitimacy is more strongly correlated with ethnic diversity than the antiquity of states, genetic diversity or the duration of human settlement. Although historical legitimacy is particularly pertinent to Africa, the correlation also holds outside Africa.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Jun 1, 2016
Journal European Journal of Political Economy
Print ISSN 0176-2680
Electronic ISSN 1873-5703
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 43
APA6 Citation Bleaney, M., & Dimico, A. (2016). State history, historical legitimacy and modern ethnic diversity. European Journal of Political Economy, 43, doi:10.1016/j.ejpoleco.2016.03.001
DOI https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ejpoleco.2016.03.001
Keywords History, Legitimacy, Ethnic fractionalization, Development
Publisher URL http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0176268016300015
Copyright Statement Copyright information regarding this work can be found at the following address: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0

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