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Do more ethnically and religiously diverse countries have lower democratization?

  • Akdede, Sacit Hadi

The effects of diversity on democratization are investigated here. Ethnic fractionalization and polarization do not seem to affect democratization significantly, whereas religious fractionalization and polarization do affect democratization; countries with higher religious diversity experienced more democratization in the 1990s.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Economics Letters.

Volume (Year): 106 (2010)
Issue (Month): 2 (February)
Pages: 101-104

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Handle: RePEc:eee:ecolet:v:106:y:2010:i:2:p:101-104
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