Ethnicity and civil war

  title={Ethnicity and civil war},
  author={Elaine K. Denny and Barbara F. Walter},
  journal={Journal of Peace Research},
  pages={199 - 212}
If a civil war begins, it is more likely to be initiated by an ethnic group than any other type of group. We argue that ethnic groups, on average, are likely to have more grievances against the state, are likely to have an easier time organizing support and mobilizing a movement, and are more likely to face difficult-to-resolve bargaining problems. We further argue that each of these factors was likely due to three pre-existing patterns associated with ethnicity. First, when political power is… 

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