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National identity and ethnic diversity

  • Paolo Masella


In countries with high levels of ethnic diversity, “nation building” has been proposed as a mechanism for integration and conflict reduction. We find no evidence of lower intensity of national sentiment in more ethnically fragmented countries or in minority groups. National feelings in a minority can be higher or lower than in a majority, depending on the degree of ethnic diversity of a country. On the one hand, in countries with high ethnic diversity, nationalist feelings are less strong in minority groups than in the majorities; on the other hand, in countries with low ethnic diversity, the reverse is true. Copyright Springer-Verlag 2013

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Volume (Year): 26 (2013)
Issue (Month): 2 (April)
Pages: 437-454

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Handle: RePEc:spr:jopoec:v:26:y:2013:i:2:p:437-454
DOI: 10.1007/s00148-011-0398-0
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