Measuring the effect of "ethnicity"

Kanchan Chandra, Steven Wilkinson

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    Most tests of hypotheses about the effects of "ethnicity" on outcomes use data or measures that confuse or conflate what are termed ethnic structure and ethnic practice. This article presents a conceptualization of ethnicity that makes the distinction between these concepts clear; it demonstrates how confusion between structure and practice hampers the ability to test theories; and it presents two new measures of ethnic practice-ECI (the ethnic concentration index) and EVOTE (the percentage of the vote obtained by ethnic parties)-that illustrate the pay-offs of making this distinction and collecting data accordingly, using examples from the civil war literature.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)515-563
    Number of pages49
    JournalComparative Political Studies
    Volume41
    Issue number4-5
    DOIs
    StatePublished - Apr 2008

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    Keywords

    • Civil war
    • Conflict
    • Constructivist
    • Ethnicity
    • Identity
    • Operationalize
    • Theory

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    Measuring the effect of "ethnicity". / Chandra, Kanchan; Wilkinson, Steven.

    In: Comparative Political Studies, Vol. 41, No. 4-5, 04.2008, p. 515-563.

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    Chandra, Kanchan ; Wilkinson, Steven. / Measuring the effect of "ethnicity". In: Comparative Political Studies. 2008 ; Vol. 41, No. 4-5. pp. 515-563.
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