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Ethnic diversity and conflict

Bleaney, Michael; Dimico, Arcangelo

Authors

Michael Bleaney michael.bleaney@nottingham.ac.uk

Arcangelo Dimico



Abstract

We argue that the reason why it has proved hard to determine whether negative effects on economic performance and conflict are more strongly associated with polarized rather than fractionalized societies is because the distinction between polarization and fractionalization is only relevant for societies with ethnic diversity above a certain threshold. In addition, high levels of ethnic fractionalization at a country level are generally associated with regional concentration of minorities, and as a result, many regions may have a very different ethnic composition from the national average, and in particular, they may have much higher levels of ethnic polarization than the national level. Because of the very different ethnic composition of different regions in this situation, conflict is more likely to be confined to a limited geographical area.

Journal Article Type Article
Journal Journal of Institutional Economics
Print ISSN 1744-1374
Electronic ISSN 1744-1382
Publisher Cambridge University Press (CUP)
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 13
Issue 2
APA6 Citation Bleaney, M., & Dimico, A. (in press). Ethnic diversity and conflict. Journal of Institutional Economics, 13(2), https://doi.org/10.1017/S1744137416000369
DOI https://doi.org/10.1017/S1744137416000369
Keywords Fractionalization, Polarization, Ethnic Concentration, Conflict
Publisher URL https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/journal-of-institutional-economics/article/ethnic-diversity-and-conflict/017437A73831FD743DBF49027C7E723B
Copyright Statement Copyright information regarding this work can be found at the following address: http://eprints.nottingh.../end_user_agreement.pdf

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