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Title:Managing ethnic conflict: The menu of institutional engineering PDF Logo
Authors:Basedau, Matthias
Issue Date:2011
Series/Report no.:GIGA working papers 171
Abstract:The debate on institutional engineering offers options to manage ethnic and other conflicts. This contribution systematically assesses the logic of these institutional designs and the empirical evidence on their functioning. Generally, institutions can work on ethnic conflict by either accommodating (consociationalists) or denying (integrationists) ethnicity in politics. Looking at individual and combined institutions (e.g. state structure, electoral system, forms of government), the literature review finds that most designs are theoretically ambivalent and that empirical evidence on their effectiveness is mostly inconclusive. The following questions remain open: a) Is politicized ethnicity really a conflict risk? b) What impact does the whole menu (not just single institutions) have? and c) How are effects conditioned by the exact nature of conflict risks?
Subjects:institutional engineering
ethnicity
conflict
conflict management
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:Publikationen von Forscherinnen und Forschern des GIGA
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