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Government Involvement In The Economy Increases Ethnic Rebellion

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September 25, 2008
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Ethnic violence rarer in countries where free market dominates than in those where state plays greater economic role.

A new study in the journal International Studies Quarterly reveals that ethnic violence is actually much less likely in countries where the free market predominates than it is in countries where the government plays an extensive role in the economy.

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Stephen Saideman, Ph.D., and David Steinberg, M.A., compiled data for a large number of countries on their levels of ethnic conflict and the extent to which the government versus the free market controlled the economy.

Results show that ethnic conflicts rarely turn violent in free market economies. However, ethnic civil wars are a more frequent occurrence in countries where the state plays a large role in the economy.

The study also shows that economic policies that clearly redistribute income across different ethnic groups are most detrimental to ethnic group relations. Redistributive policies such as price controls, industry regulations, and restrictions on the flow of international investment are strongly associated with ethnic violence. This finding implies that ethnic violence may often be driven by concerns of economic insecurity.

“Our research contradicts the prevailing conventional wisdom that globalization and its associated reduction of government involvement in economies exacerbates ethnic conflict,” the authors conclude. “The study challenges the claim of many ethnic activists who argue that greater government control over economic activity is likely to reduce ethnic strife.”


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  1. Steinberg et al. Laissez Fear: Assessing the Impact of Government Involvement in the Economy on Ethnic Violence. International Studies Quarterly, 2008; 52 (2): 235 DOI: 10.1111/j.1468-2478.2008.00500.x

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