Ethnic Politics, Regime Support and Conflict in Central and Eastern Europe

Bernauer, Julian (2015). Ethnic Politics, Regime Support and Conflict in Central and Eastern Europe. Houndsmills: Palgrave Macmillan 10.1057/9781137481696

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Ethnicity and ethnic parties have often been portrayed as a threat to political stability. There is also no shortage of conflicts with an ethnic flavor. Yet, this book challenges the notion that the organization of politics in heterogeneous societies should necessarily overcome ethnicity. Rather, descriptive representation of ethnic groups arguably has potential to increase regime support and reduce conflict. The book studies partisan-descriptive representation of up to 130 ethnic groups in central and eastern European democracies. Ethnic minority parties are found to only run and succeed if they can expect electoral support sufficient to pass the electoral threshold. Conditional on gender and strategies of representation, ethnic representation increases satisfaction with democracy among the minority population. While protest rises given moderate levels of representation, it is reduced once ethnic groups have access to executives. In conclusion, a proportional vision of power-sharing between ethnic groups receives some qualified empirical support.

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Book (Monograph)


03 Faculty of Business, Economics and Social Sciences > Social Sciences > Institute of Political Science

UniBE Contributor:

Bernauer, Julian


300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 320 Political science




Palgrave Macmillan




Julian Bernauer

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30 Jun 2016 09:58

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05 Dec 2022 14:55

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