Comparative Political Studies publishes “Ethnicity in Time: Politics, History, and the Relationship between Ethnic Diversity and Public Goods Provision”, an artcicle co-authored by Matthias vom Hau.

The article “Ethnicity in Time: Politics, History, and the Relationship between Ethnic Diversity and Public Goods Provision” has been published by the Comparative Political Studies journal in its latest issue on “Ethnic Diversity and Public Goods Provision”. The piece, co-authored by Matthias vom Hau and  Prerna Singh, calls into question the supposedly negative relationship between ethnic diversity and public goods provision.“Ethnicity in Time: Politics, History, and the Relationship between Ethnic Diversity and Public Goods Provision”, by Dr. Matthias vom Hau and Dr. Prerna Singh.

This article revisits and seeks to challenge one of the most powerful hypotheses in the political economy scholarship: the supposedly negative relationship between ethnic diversity and public goods provision. We suggest that the relative lack of attention to politics and history makes much of this literature vulnerable to endogeneity problems. In response, we develop a state-centered approach that brings time and temporality to the analytical foreground. This approach addresses issues of reverse causality and spuriousness by examining how different historical trajectories of nation-state formation, and the state strategies and capabilities to provide public goods associated with each, might have shaped both contemporary diversity and public goods provision. Bringing in politics and history and putting the analytical focus on the state also allows the article to open up the debate around how distinct manifestations of politicized ethnicity might influence state provision of public goods.

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