Ethnic Politics and Armed Conflict: A Configurational Analysis of a New Global Data Set

  title={Ethnic Politics and Armed Conflict: A Configurational Analysis of a New Global Data Set},
  author={Andreas Wimmer and Lars-Erik Cederman and Brian Min},
  journal={American Sociological Review},
  pages={316 - 337}
Quantitative scholarship on civil wars has long debated whether ethnic diversity breeds armed conflict. We go beyond this debate and show that highly diverse societies are not more conflict prone. Rather, states characterized by certain ethnopolitical configurations of power are more likely to experience violent conflict. First, armed rebellions are more likely to challenge states that exclude large portions of the population on the basis of ethnic background. Second, when a large number of… 

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