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The politics of ethnic identity in Sub-Saharan Africa

Green, Elliott D. ORCID: 0000-0002-0942-5756 (2017) The politics of ethnic identity in Sub-Saharan Africa. International Development Working Paper Series (17-188). Department of International Development, London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK.

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Recent literature on ethnic favouritism suggests that Presidents tend to target co-ethnics with patronage, especially in non-democracies. Coupled with evidence on the role of incentives in driving ethnic identity change, I propose that a change in the ethnic identity of presidents in nondemocracies should lead to ethnic switching among citizens towards the new ruling ethnic group. Using Demographic and Health Survey data from thirteen African countries, I show that change in the ethnic identity of the President leads to a shift of women identifying with the new ruling ethnic group of around 1.5% of the population in non-democracies, or on average 10% of the President’s ethnic group. This relationship is robust to the use of a variety of control variables and different specifications as well as the use of qualitative case study evidence from Ghana and Guinea; I also suggest it may be an underestimate due to data limitations

Item Type: Monograph (Working Paper)
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Additional Information: © 2017 The Author
Divisions: International Development
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
J Political Science > JZ International relations
Date Deposited: 31 May 2018 15:12
Last Modified: 16 May 2024 12:13

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