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From a Theory of Relative Economic Deprivation Towards a Theory of Relative Political Deprivation

Walker Connor

in Minority Nationalism and the Changing International Order

Published in print June 2001 | ISBN: 9780199242146
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191599651 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199242143.003.0006
 From a Theory of Relative Economic Deprivation Towards a Theory of Relative Political Deprivation

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Attempts to correct a common tendency to exaggerate the impact of economic factors upon ethno‐national conflict, which stems from a theory of ‘relative economic deprivation’ holding that ethno‐nationalism stems from essentially economic impulse. To be sure, relative economic deprivation exists wherever ethno‐nationalist conflict is found, but so does oxygen, and mere contiguity does not imply causation. The historical evidence suggests that while relative economic deprivation can be a powerful contributory factor, the sense of relative political deprivation offers a more satisfactory explanation.

Keywords: ethno‐nationalism; nationalism; relative economic deprivation; relative political deprivation

Chapter.  8545 words. 

Subjects: Comparative Politics

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