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Ethnonationalist Triads: Assessing the Influence of Kin Groups on Civil Wars

Cederman, Lars-Erik and Girardin, Luc and Gleditsch, Kristian Skrede (2009) 'Ethnonationalist Triads: Assessing the Influence of Kin Groups on Civil Wars.' World Politics, 61 (3). pp. 403-437. ISSN 0043-8871

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Abstract

<jats:p>Although the case-based literature suggests that kin groups are prominent in ethnonationalist conflicts, quantitative studies of civil war onset have both overaggregated and underaggregated the role of ethnicity, by looking at civil war at the country level instead of among specific groups and by treating individual countries as closed units, ignoring groups' transnational links. In this article the authors integrate transnational links into a dyadic perspective on conflict between marginalized ethnic groups and governments. They argue that transnational links can increase the risk of conflict as transnational kin support can facilitate insurgencies and are difficult for governments to target or deter. The empirical analysis, using new geocoded data on ethnic groups on a transnational basis, indicates that the risk of conflict is high when large, excluded ethnic groups have transnational kin in neighboring countries, and it provides strong support for the authors' propositions on the importance of transnational ties in ethnonationalist conflict.</jats:p>

Item Type: Article
Subjects: J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences
Faculty of Social Sciences > Government, Department of
SWORD Depositor: Elements
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 06 Aug 2012 08:39
Last Modified: 15 Jan 2022 00:27
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/3458

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