The Politics of Territorial Claims: A Geospatial Approach Applied to Africa

@inproceedings{Goemans2017ThePO,
  title={The Politics of Territorial Claims: A Geospatial Approach Applied to Africa},
  author={H. E. Goemans and Kenneth A. Schultz},
  year={2017}
}
  • H. E. Goemans, Kenneth A. Schultz
  • Published 2017
  • Economics
  • Why do states make claims to some border areas and not others? We articulate three models of territorial claims and test them using a novel geospatial data set that precisely maps disputed and undisputed border segments in post-independence Africa. The geospatial approach helps eliminate problems of aggregation by permitting an analysis of variation both within and between dyadic borders. We find that ethnic political considerations are the most important driver of territorial claims in Africa… CONTINUE READING

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