Decentralization : fueling the fire or dampening the flames of ethnic conflict and secessionism?

Abstract: This paper uses statistical analysis of 23 democracies from 1990 to 2000 to show that decentralization decreases ethnic conflict directly by giving groups control over their own affairs, but that it increases ethnic conflict indirectly by encouraging the growth of regional parties.

Author(s): Brancati, Dawn

Source(s): , International organization; 60 p. 651-685, ill., graphs, tabs International organization 60

Published: 2006 Cambridge university press], [Cambridge, MA (English

ISBN/ISSN: [0020-8183]/

Link: http://brancati.wustl.edu/Brancati_IO_Decentralization.pdf

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