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    Land, history or modernization? Explaining ethnic fractionalization

    Kaufmann, Eric P. (2015) Land, history or modernization? Explaining ethnic fractionalization. Ethnic and Racial Studies 38 (2), pp. 193-210. ISSN 0141-9870.

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    Ethnic fractionalization (EF) is frequently used as an explanatory tool in models of economic development, civil war and public goods provision. However, if EF is endogenous to political and economic change, its utility for further research diminishes. This turns out not to be the case. This paper provides the first comprehensive model of EF as a dependent variable. It contributes new data on the founding date of the largest ethnic group in each state. It builds political and international variables into the analysis alongside historical and geoclimatic parameters. It extends previous work by testing models of politically relevant EF. In addition, this research interprets model results in light of competing theories of nationalism and political change. Results show that cross-national variation in EF is largely exogenous to modern politico-economic change. However, the data are inconclusive with respect to competing geoclimatic, historical institutional and modernist theories of ethnogenesis.


    Item Type: Article
    Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Ethnic and Racial Studies on 20.2.14, available online:
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): ethnic fractionalization, geoclimatic, theories of nationalism, ethnogenesis, dominant ethnicity, founding date
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Social Sciences
    Depositing User: Administrator
    Date Deposited: 21 Jan 2015 13:29
    Last Modified: 02 Aug 2023 17:14


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