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Nationalism and Government Effectiveness

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Authors Pelle Ahlerup
Gustav Hansson
Publisher University of Gothenburg
Place of publication Göteborg
Publication year 2008
Published at Department of Economics
Language en
Links hdl.handle.net/2077/17763
Keywords Nationalism, Nation-building, Ethnic Diversity, Government Effectiveness, Protectionism
Subject categories Economics

Abstract

The literature on nation-building and nationalism suggests that nation-building affects economic and political performance, mitigates the problems associated with ethnic hetero- geneity, but that nationalism, an indicator of successful nation-building, is linked to dismal performance via protectionism and intolerance. This paper shows that there is a nonlinear association between nationalism and government effectiveness, that nationalism leaves no imprint on the effects of ethnic heterogeneity but may be a positive force in former colonies, and that actual trade ows are independent of the level of nationalism in the population.

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