The Diverse Effects of Diversity on Democracy

@article{Gerring2016TheDE,
  title={The Diverse Effects of Diversity on Democracy},
  author={John Gerring and Michael Hoffman and Dominic Zarecki},
  journal={British Journal of Political Science},
  year={2016},
  volume={48},
  pages={283 - 314}
}
Diverse identities coexisting within the same society are often viewed as problematic for economic and political development. This article argues that different types of social diversity have differential effects on regime type. Specifically, ethno-linguistic diversity increases prospects for democracy while religious diversity decreases prospects for democracy. The article presents a variety of reasons why diversity might have divergent causal effects on regime type. Cross-national regressions… 

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