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Federalism, the Geographic Location of Groups, and Conflict

  • Thomas Christin
  • Simon Hug
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    In the literature on civil conflicts, federalism is often touted as a useful institution to address regional demands. However, diversity in the groups present in a country is also associated with a higher tendency for conflicts. In this article we examine how the geographic distribution of groups across a country affects the ways in which federalism contributes to conflict resolution. Of tantamount importance in assessing these effects of federalism is whether particular types of distributions of groups across a territory make the adoption of federal institutions more likely. We find federal countries with strong ethno-federal arrangements to be particularly conflict-prone.

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    Article provided by Peace Science Society (International) in its journal Conflict Management and Peace Science.

    Volume (Year): 29 (2012)
    Issue (Month): 1 (February)
    Pages: 93-122

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    Handle: RePEc:sae:compsc:v:29:y:2012:i:1:p:93-122
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