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Ethnicity, Insurgency, and Civil War
An influential conventional wisdom holds that civil wars proliferated rapidly with the end of the Cold War and that the root cause of many or most of these has been ethnic and religious antagonisms.Expand
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Explaining Interethnic Cooperation
Though both journalists and the academic literature on ethnic conflict give the opposite impression, peaceful and even cooperative relations between ethnic groups are far more common than isExpand
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Violence and the Social Construction of Ethnic Identity
We examine the theoretical implications of the observation that ethnic identities are socially constructed for explaining ethnic violence, distinguishing between two classes of mechanisms. IfExpand
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A Theory of Endogenous Institutional Change
This paper asks (a) why and how institutions change, (b) how an institution persists in a changing environment, and (c) how processes that it unleashes lead to its own demise. The paper shows thatExpand
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Terrorism, Economic Development, and Political Openness: Kto Kogo? : A Cross-Country Study of the Origins and Targets of Terrorism
Introduction Popular wisdom in the burgeoning literature on terrorism focuses on the economic motivations of terrorists. “We fight against poverty,” President George W. Bush explained in Monterrey,Expand
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Identifying barriers to Muslim integration in France
Is there a Muslim disadvantage in economic integration for second-generation immigrants to Europe? Previous research has failed to isolate the effect that religion may have on an immigrant family'sExpand
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Language Repertoires and State Construction in Africa
  • D. Laitin
  • Political Science, Sociology
  • 24 April 1992
Preface Part I. Language Repertoires and the State: 1. Language repertoires as political outcomes 2. Three theories explaining language outcomes 3. Do language outcomes matter? Part II. SociologicalExpand
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Hegemony and Culture: Politics and Religious Change Among the Yoruba
In this ambitious work, David D. Laitin explores the politics of religious change among the Yoruba of Nigeria, then uses his findings to expand leading theories of ethnic and religious politics.
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