Matteo Sestito

Séminaires internes
phd seminar

Matteo Sestito

Violent conflict, state-building and ethnonationalism: evidence from Sub-Saharan Africa
Jeudi 18 juin 2020| 11:00 - 11:45

Anushka Chawla : anushka.chawla[at]
Laura Sénécal : laura.senecal[at]
Carolina Ulloa Suarez : carolina.ulloa-suarez[at]


The formation of large polities has throughout history often involved the creation of new ethnic identities. Successful state-building is supposed to supplant parochial ethnic affiliations with a broader national identity. Violent internal conflict obviously plays a role in this process. When warfare unfolds over sectarian lines, it has the potential to strengthen in-group identification. As ethnic differences are emphasised by conflict and mistrust between groups soars, the appeal of a common national identity clearly fades away. Employing a novel dataset matching warring parties to ethnolinguistic groups in Sub-Saharan Africa, this paper presents empirical evidence on the ethnonationalist consequences of conflict and on their heavy drain on the state-building process.

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