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Ethnicity and Electoral Politics

Ethnicity and Electoral Politics

by Johanna Kristin Birnir
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521743656

ISBN-13: 9780521743655

Pub. Date: 02/28/2009

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

This book asks what distinguishes peaceful plural democracies from violent ones and what distinguishes violent ethnic groups from peaceful ones within the same democracy. Contrary to conventional wisdom, it suggests that ethnic groups and their political demands are not inherently intransigent and that violence is not a necessary corollary of ethnic politics. The book

Overview

This book asks what distinguishes peaceful plural democracies from violent ones and what distinguishes violent ethnic groups from peaceful ones within the same democracy. Contrary to conventional wisdom, it suggests that ethnic groups and their political demands are not inherently intransigent and that violence is not a necessary corollary of ethnic politics. The book posits that ethnic identity serves as a stable but flexible information shortcut for political choices, influencing party formation and development in new and maturing democracies. It furthermore argues that political intransigence and violence expressed by some ethnic groups stem from circumstances exogenous to ethnic affiliations. In particular, absolute restrictions on ethnic access to the executive produce conditions under which ethnic group incentive to participate in peaceful electoral politics is eliminated. A number of case studies and statistical analysis of all electoral democracies since 1945 are used to test and support the formal argument.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521743655
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
02/28/2009
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
296
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

1. Introduction: the ethnic effect; 2. Ethnic attractors; 3. Ethnic attractors and exogenous constraints; 4. Ethnic voting in Romania; 5. Ethnic voting and party system stability; 6. Ethnic politics and access; 7. The ethnic effect on regime stability; 8. Conclusions.

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