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Nation-building and conflict in modern Africa

Bandyopadhyay, Sanghamitra and Green, Elliott D. (2013) Nation-building and conflict in modern Africa. World Development, 45. pp. 108-118. ISSN 0305-750X

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Identification Number: 10.1016/j.worlddev.2012.09.012


Nation-building has long been seen as an important focus of post-colonial African governments. However, up until now there has been no empirical analysis of the consequences of nation-building policies. Here we compile an original dataset measuring nine different types of nation-building policies. We first use logistic regressions to test the effect of nation-building policies on civil wars using two different datasets of civil wars, and find no evidence of a negative relationship between nation-building and civil war onset. Furthermore, a survival analysis exercise reveals a robust relationship between the proximity of nation-building policies and the onset of civil war.

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Additional Information: © 2012 Elsevier B.V.
Divisions: International Development
Subjects: D History General and Old World > DT Africa
J Political Science > JF Political institutions (General)
Sets: Departments > International Development
Departments > Economics
Research centres and groups > Suntory and Toyota International Centres for Economics and Related Disciplines (STICERD)
Date Deposited: 30 Oct 2012 12:21
Last Modified: 18 Aug 2020 18:11

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