Minorities and Democratization

20 Pages Posted: 13 Oct 2012

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Sharyn O'Halloran

Columbia University - School of International & Public Affairs

Bahar Leventoglu

Duke University

David Epstein

Columbia University - Department of Political Science

Date Written: November 2012

Abstract

We analyze the process of democratization in a polity with groups that are divided along ethnic as well as economic lines. We show that: (i) the presence of ethnic minorities, in general, makes peaceful democratic transitions less likely; (ii) minorities suffer from discriminatory policies less in democracies with intermediate levels of income inequality; and (iii) in new democracies with low levels of income inequality, politics is divided along ethnic lines, and at greater levels of inequality economic cleavages predominate.

Suggested Citation

O'Halloran, Sharyn and Leventoglu, Bahar and Epstein, David Lester, Minorities and Democratization (November 2012). Economics & Politics, Vol. 24, Issue 3, pp. 259-278, 2012, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2161142 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1468-0343.2012.00403.x

Sharyn O'Halloran

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Bahar Leventoglu

Duke University

David Lester Epstein

Columbia University - Department of Political Science ( email )

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