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Nationalism and Government Effectiveness

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  • Ahlerup, Pelle

    () (Department of Economics, School of Business, Economics and Law, Göteborg University)

  • Hansson, Gustav

    () (Department of Economics, School of Business, Economics and Law, Göteborg University)

Abstract

The literature on nation-building and nationalism suggests that nation-building affects economic and political performance, mitigates the problems associated with ethnic hetero- geneity, but that nationalism, an indicator of successful nation-building, is linked to dismal performance via protectionism and intolerance. This paper shows that there is a nonlinear association between nationalism and government effectiveness, that nationalism leaves no imprint on the effects of ethnic heterogeneity but may be a positive force in former colonies, and that actual trade ows are independent of the level of nationalism in the population.

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  • Ahlerup, Pelle & Hansson, Gustav, 2008. "Nationalism and Government Effectiveness," Working Papers in Economics 313, University of Gothenburg, Department of Economics.
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    Keywords

    Nationalism; Nation-building; Ethnic Diversity; Government Effectiveness; Protectionism;

    JEL classification:

    • F52 - International Economics - - International Relations, National Security, and International Political Economy - - - National Security; Economic Nationalism
    • N40 - Economic History - - Government, War, Law, International Relations, and Regulation - - - General, International, or Comparative

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