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Title / Titel Elections and representation in ethnically divided societies
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Summary / Zusammenfassung The establishment of inclusive and accountable processes of political representation are one of the foremost priorities in institution-building in democratising countries, especially in ethnically divided ones. It matters not only whether the voices of minorities are heard, but just as importantly, whether the minorities can effectively take part in decision-making processes, or whether their political requests can affect policy outcomes. How are minorities and majorities in ethnically divided societies politically represented? Why do voters and parties radicalise on ethnic issues in divided societies? How should successful institutional engineering look in order to enhance political inclusion? Relying on spatial models of elections, we study political representation in ethnically divided democracies.

In connection to this project, two research projects deal with post-conflict political behaviour in Bosnia and Herzegovina (with Livia Schubiger and Basil Schläpfer) and with local political representation in Bosnia and Herzegovina (with Nenad Stojanović et al.).
Publications / Publikationen Bochsler, Daniel. 2012. "When two of the same are needed: A multilevel model of intragroup ethnic party competition." Nationalism and Ethnic Politics 18 (2):216-41.
Bochsler, Daniel. 2013. "Radicalizing Electoral System Effects on Support for Nationalist Hardliners." Nations and Nationalism 19 (1):21-43.
Bochsler, Daniel, and Basil Schläpfer. forthcoming. "An indirect approach to map ethnic identities in post-conflict societies." Ethnopolitics.
Bochsler, Daniel, and Edina Szöcsik. 2013. "The Forbidden Fruit of Federalism. Evidence from Romania and Slovakia." West European Politics 36 (2):442-62.
Bochsler, Daniel, and Edina Szöcsik. 2013. "Building inter-ethnic bridges or promoting ethno-territorial demarcation lines? Hungarian minority parties in competition." Nationalities Papers 41 (5):761-79.
Szöcsik, Edina, and Daniel Bochsler. 2013. "On fissions and fusions of ethnic minority parties." In New Nation-States and National Minorities, ed. J. Danero Iglesias, N. Stojanović and S. Weinblum. Colchester: ECPR Press.

Szöcsik, Edina; Bochsler, Daniel (2012). All jointly or everyone on its own? On fissions and fusions of ethnic minority parties. In: Danero Iglesias, Julien; Stojanovic, Nenad; Weinblum, Sharon. New Nation-States and National Minorities. Colchester: ECPR Press, 233-256.

Bochsler, D (2012). Non-discriminatory rules and ethnic representation: the election of the Bosnian State Presidency. Ethnopolitics, 11(1):66-84.

Bochsler, Daniel (2012). When Two of the Same Are Needed: a Multilevel Model of Intragroup Ethnic Party Competition. Nationalism and Ethnic Politics, 18(2):216-241.

Bochsler, Daniel; Zollinger, Daniel (2012). Minority representation in a semi-democratic regime: the Georgian case. Democratisation, 19(4):611-641.

Bernauer, J; Bochsler, D (2011). Electoral entry and success of ethnic minority parties in central and eastern Europe: a hierarchical selection model. Electoral Studies, 30(4):738-755.

Bochsler, D (2011). It is not how many votes you get, but also where you get them: Territorial determinants and institutional hurdles for the success of ethnic minority parties in post-communist countries. Acta Politica, 46(3):217-238.

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Keywords / Suchbegriffe Ethnic politics; ethnic minorities; representation; radicalisation; centripetalism; Central and Eastern Europe.
Project leadership and contacts /
Projektleitung und Kontakte
Prof. Daniel Bochsler, PhD (Project Leader)
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Funding source(s) /
Unterstützt durch
SNF (Programm NFS/NCCR)
NCCR Democracy, Assistant Professorship in Democratisation
In collaboration with /
In Zusammenarbeit mit
Edina Szöcsik, European Politics group, ETH Zurich - Center for Comparative and International Studies (CIS) Switzerland
Livia Schubiger, Political Science Department, University of Zurich - Center for Comparative and International Studies (CIS) Switzerland
Nenad Stojanović, Centre for Democracy Studies, University of Zurich - Center for Comparative and International Studies (CIS) Switzerland
Duration of Project / Projektdauer Feb 2011 to Jan 2017