Minorities and Democratization


Journal Article

We analyze the process of democratization in a polity with groups that are divided along ethnic as well as economic lines. We show that: (i) the presence of ethnic minorities, in general, makes peaceful democratic transitions less likely; (ii) minorities suffer from discriminatory policies less in democracies with intermediate levels of income inequality; and (iii) in new democracies with low levels of income inequality, politics is divided along ethnic lines, and at greater levels of inequality economic cleavages predominate. © 2012 Blackwell Publishing Ltd.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Epstein, D; Leventoǧlu, B; O'halloran, S

Published Date

  • November 1, 2012

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 24 / 3

Start / End Page

  • 259 - 278

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1468-0343

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0954-1985

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1111/j.1468-0343.2012.00403.x

Citation Source

  • Scopus