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Mobilization and Conflict in Multiethnic States$
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Manuel Vogt

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780190065874

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190065874.001.0001

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The Logic of Violent Ethnic Competition

The Logic of Violent Ethnic Competition

Evidence from Sub-Saharan Africa

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(p.102) 5 The Logic of Violent Ethnic Competition
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Mobilization and Conflict in Multiethnic States
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Manuel Vogt

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190065874.003.0005

This chapter provides both quantitative and qualitative evidence from post–Cold War sub-Saharan Africa for how ethnic organizations affect outcomes of equality and peace in decolonized states. It first addresses the group-level relationship between ethnic organizations and ethnic inequality. These analyses show that groups that are politically mobilized through an ethnic party are more likely to become politically dominant than groups that lack the infrastructural power that such parties provide. The following part then moves to the systemic level to analyze the effect of group mobilization on the risk of ethnic civil conflict. The results reveal that it is the concurrence of group mobilization and ethnic inequality that makes the outbreak of violent conflict most likely in Africa’s decolonized states.

Keywords:   civil conflict, ethnic party, ethnic dominance, inequality, group mobilization, ethnic organization, mixed methods, sub-Saharan Africa

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