How States Create Ethnic Cleavages

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Prominent theories of ethnic politics expect the initiatives of political entrepreneurs to determine whether an ethnic identity—religious, tribal, regional, linguistic, or racial—becomes an element of party competition. According to these theories, entrepreneurs strategically construct ethnic-based coalitions of voters, organize around ethnic identities in response to electoral rules or institutional change, or use pre-existing organizations to … Continue reading How States Create Ethnic Cleavages