Democratisation and Conflict in Ethnically Divided Societies

Judith Vorrath, Lutz Krebs

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This article reviews three important factors in the academic debate on ethnic civil wars: the role of ethnicity in causing and structuring violence, the spread of ethnic civil wars once they have started, and the influence of democratic transitions in divided societies. The review displays the range of discussion on conflict, the state and political systems in ethnically divided societies, covering both theoretical and empirical contributions.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1–8
Number of pages8
JournalLiving Reviews in Democracy
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2009


  • conflict
  • civil war
  • ethnicity

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