Ethnic violence has increased exponentially in the decades following World War II. As such, it is imperative that cures for the unique ills found in divided societies be discovered. This article seeks to quantitatively investigate the efficiency of formal political institutions in curbing ethnically-based violent protest in divided societies. As such, the dependent variable is the level of violent protest, while the independent variables include: a parliamentary system of government, a proportional representation electoral system, and a federated system. It is my contention that such institutions will significantly lessen incidents of ethnically-motivated violent protest. In addition, this article concludes with suggestions for further research in examining institutional structures and ethnic conflict.
Arsenault, Matthew P.
"Are Institutions the Answer? Mitigating Sectarian Protest in Divided Nations,"
The Hilltop Review: Vol. 3
, Article 5.
Available at: http://scholarworks.wmich.edu/hilltopreview/vol3/iss1/5