Divided We Stand: Institutional Sources of Ethnofederal State Survival and Collapse

  title={Divided We Stand: Institutional Sources of Ethnofederal State Survival and Collapse},
  author={Henry E. Hale},
  journal={World Politics},
  pages={165 - 193}
  • H. Hale
  • Published 8 July 2004
  • Sociology
  • World Politics
Federal states in which component regions are invested with distinct ethnic content are more likely to collapse when they contain a core ethnic region, a single ethnic region enjoying pronounced superiority in population. Dividing a dominant group into multiple federal regions reduces these dangers. A study of world cases finds that all ethnofederal states that have collapsed have possessed core ethnic regions. Thus, ethnofederalism, so long as it is instituted without a core ethnic region, may… 

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