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Federalism, the Geographic Location of Groups, and Conflict

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  • 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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  • Thomas Christin & Simon Hug, 2012. "Federalism, the Geographic Location of Groups, and Conflict," Conflict Management and Peace Science, Peace Science Society (International), vol. 29(1), pages 93-122, February.
  • Handle: RePEc:sae:compsc:v:29:y:2012:i:1:p:93-122
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    1. Tranchant Jean-Pierre, 2016. "Is Regional Autonomy a Solution to Ethnic Conflict? Some Lessons from a Dynamic Analysis," Peace Economics, Peace Science, and Public Policy, De Gruyter, vol. 22(4), pages 449-460, December.

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