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Regionalism and Political Violence

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  • Arvind Magesan

    (University of Calgary)

  • Sacha Kapoor

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We study the e ect of representation by regional political parties on political vio- lence in India. Using a regression discontinuity design that exploits close elections, we nd that the election of a regional-party candidate increases the probability of a violent event in the subsequent inter-election years by 6 percentage points and the number of violent events by 9 percent. It increases the probability of a death due to political vio- lence by 6 percentage points and the number of deaths by 16 percent. The increase in violence is explained by insurgent groups being more able to carry out violent attacks when the local elected ocial is a member of a regional party, suggesting that regional ocials lack either the will or the capacity to control violence.

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  • Arvind Magesan & Sacha Kapoor, "undated". "Regionalism and Political Violence," Working Papers 2018-09, Department of Economics, University of Calgary, revised 25 Jul 2018.
  • Handle: RePEc:clg:wpaper:2018-09
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    Keywords

    Elections; Political Violence; Regional Political Parties;

    JEL classification:

    • H19 - Public Economics - - Structure and Scope of Government - - - Other
    • H77 - Public Economics - - State and Local Government; Intergovernmental Relations - - - Intergovernmental Relations; Federalism
    • P48 - Economic Systems - - Other Economic Systems - - - Political Economy; Legal Institutions; Property Rights; Natural Resources; Energy; Environment; Regional Studies

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