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The Birth of a Democracy: Homegrown Bicameralism in Somaliland

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  • Azam, Jean-Paul

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This paper presents a model of provocation in a federation, where the local government triggers an insurgency with a view to acquire the control of some economic assets with the help of the central government. Some econometric support for this model is found using data on the Naxalite conflict that affects eight states of India. The tests performed control for endogeneity of the local government’s police force interventions. They suggest that the latter are meant to amplify the violent activity of the insurgents, with a view to lure the central government to intervene and to help clear the ground for exploiting mineral deposits lying under the land of tribal people.

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Paper provided by Toulouse School of Economics (TSE) in its series TSE Working Papers with number 13-406.

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Date of creation: May 2013
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Publication status: Published in Peace Economics, Peace Science and Public Policy, vol.�20, n°2, avril 2014, p.�245-266.
Handle: RePEc:tse:wpaper:27235

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  1. Jean-Paul Azam, 2006. "The Paradox of Power Reconsidered: A Theory of Political Regimes in Africa," Journal of African Economies, Centre for the Study of African Economies (CSAE), vol. 15(1), pages 26-58, March.
  2. Nicholas Eubank, 2010. "Peace-Building without External Assistance: Lessons from Somaliland," Working Papers 198, Center for Global Development.
  3. Hirshleifer, Jack, 1995. "Anarchy and Its Breakdown," Journal of Political Economy, University of Chicago Press, vol. 103(1), pages 26-52, February.
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