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Taking it personally: the effect of ethnic attachment on preferences for regionalism

Ricart-Huguet, Joan and Green, Elliott D. ORCID: 0000-0002-0942-5756 (2018) Taking it personally: the effect of ethnic attachment on preferences for regionalism. Studies in Comparative International Development, 53 (1). pp. 67-89. ISSN 0039-3606

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Identification Number: 10.1007/s12116-017-9240-3


This article presents three related findings on regional decentralization. We use an original dataset collected in Uganda to establish, for the first time in a developing country context, that individuals have meaningful preferences over the degree of regional decentralization they desire, ranging from centralism to secessionism. Second, multilevel models suggest that a small share of this variation is explained at the district and ethnic group levels. The preference for regional decentralization monotonically increases with an ethnic group or a district’s average ethnic attachment. However, the relationship with an ethnic group or district’s income is U-shaped: both the richest and the poorest groups desire more regionalism, reconciling interest-based and identity-based explanations for regionalism. Finally, we show that higher individual ethnic attachment increases preferences for regionalism using fixed effects and a new matching method.

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Additional Information: © 2017 Springer Science+Business Media
Divisions: International Development
Subjects: D History General and Old World > DT Africa
J Political Science > JS Local government Municipal government
Date Deposited: 07 Jun 2017 11:15
Last Modified: 07 Mar 2024 18:54

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