Give peace a chance: the origins of territorial autonomy arrangements in multiethnic states

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Title: Give peace a chance: the origins of territorial autonomy arrangements in multiethnic states
Author: Shaykhutdinov, Renat
Abstract: This research explains the formation of territorial autonomy regimes , arrangements enabling ethnic groups to express their distinct identity . The origins of territorial autonomy arrangements is an important topic due to the great potential of such institutions to prevent ethnic strife or reduce ongoing conflict . While the literature has explored the consequences of autonomy regimes , its contribution to our understanding of the origins of territorial autonomy is limited . In answering why territorial autonomy regimes are adopted , I develop a theory that focuses on the bargaining strategies of ethnic groups . Specifically , I posit that nonviolent bargaining strategies adopted by ethnic groups influence national leaders ? decision -making processes . In this dissertation , I also address the question of why ethnic groups employ peaceful , as opposed to violent , tactics . Hypotheses derived from this theorization are tested using 197 ethnic groups in 95 states . In the empirical analysis I use data from 1945 to 2000 and employ the duration model and the modified Heckman selection model as my primary statistical methods . To trace the process of territorial autonomy formation I use a case study conducted in the Republic of Tatarstan in the Russian Federation . The results suggest that while groups with access to easily extractable resources choose to employ violent strategies , ethnic collectivities who use peaceful protest tactics are in fact more successful in obtaining territorial autonomy arrangements from central governments .
URI: http : / /hdl .handle .net /1969 .1 /ETD -TAMU -1601
Date: 2009-05-15

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Give peace a chance: the origins of territorial autonomy arrangements in multiethnic states. Available electronically from http : / /hdl .handle .net /1969 .1 /ETD -TAMU -1601 .

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