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Author García Montalvo, José

Title Ethnic polarization and the duration of civil wars / Jose G. Montalvo, Marta Reynal-Querol
Published [Washington, D.C.] : World Bank, Development Research Group, Growth and Macroeconomics Team, [2007]


Description 1 online resource (31 pages) : illustrations
Series Policy research working paper ; 4192
Post-conflict transitions working paper ; no. 6
Post-conflict transitions working paper ; no. 6.
Policy research working papers ; 4192.
Summary The authors analyze the relationship between ethnic polarization and the duration of civil wars. Several recent papers have argued that the uncertainty about the relative power of the contenders in a war will tend to increase its duration. In these models, uncertainty is directly related to the relative size of the contenders. The authors argue that the duration of civil wars increases the more polarized a society is. Uncertainty is not necessarily linked to the structure of the population but it could be traced back to the measurement of the size of the different groups in the society. Given a specific level of measurement error or uncertainty, more polarization implies lengthier wars. The empirical results show that ethnically polarized countries have to endure longer civil wars than ethnically less polarized societies
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 19-21)
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Subject Polarization (Social sciences)
Civil war -- Social aspects
Ethnic relations.
Ethnic relations
Polarization (Social sciences)
Form Electronic book
Author Reynal-Querol, Marta