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Author Hale, Henry E., 1966-

Title The foundations of ethnic politics : separatism of states and nations in Eurasia and the world / Henry E. Hale
Published Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2008
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Description 1 online resource (xiii, 278 pages) : illustrations
Series Cambridge studies in comparative politics
Cambridge studies in comparative politics.
Contents The need for a microfoundational theory of ethnicity -- A relational theory: ethnicity is about uncertainty, whereas ethnic politics is about interests -- A theory of national separatism in domestic and interstate politics -- Ethnicity: identity and separatism in the USSR 1917-1991 -- Central state policies and separatism -- Framing: manipulating mass opinion in Ukraine and Uzbekistan -- Institutionally mediated interests: the political economy of secessionism -- Ethnicity and international integration: the CIS 1991-2007 -- Quantitative evidence: micro-, macro- and multilevel -- Toward a general theory of ethnic conflict and solutions
Summary "Despite implicating ethnicity in everything from civil war to economic failure, researchers seldom consult psychological research when addressing the most basic question: What is ethnicity? The result is a radical scholarly divide generating contradictory recommendations for solving ethnic conflict. Research into how the human brain actually works demands a revision of existing schools of thought. Hale argues ethnic identity is a cognitive uncertainty-reduction device with special capacity to exacerbate, but not cause, collective action problems. This produces a new general theory of ethnic conflict that can improve both understanding and practice. A deep study of separatism in the USSR and CIS demonstrates the theory's potential, mobilizing evidence from elite interviews, three local languages, and mass surveys. The outcome significantly reinterprets nationalism's role in CIS relations and the USSR's breakup, which turns out to have been a far more contingent event than commonly recognized"--Back cover
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Ethnic conflict.
Ethnic relations -- Political aspects.
Ethnicity -- Political aspects.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2007044190
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