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Prophesying the Big Man: The Transatlantic Slave Trade as a Long-Run Determinant of Ethno-Regional Favouritism
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Government.
2018 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The Transatlantic slave trade exists as a radical break in Africa’s history, having functioned to fundamentally alter many of the continent’s polities, societies and economies. One consequence, well documented within historical scholarship, was the effect of the slave trade on the fragmentation and formation of ethnic identities. Ethnic fragmentation has consistently been shown to affect outcomes in resource distribution, and it is therefore possible that the Transatlantic slave trade may serve as a long-run determinant of ethno-regional favouritism. This paper empirically tests this possibility, finding a positive linear relationship between historic levels of slave extraction and the degree of ethno-regional favouritism exercised by African political leaders when allocating foreign official assistance. In doing so, this paper contributes to a comparatively new body of scholarship that seeks to determine the long-run effects of the continent’s various slave trades.

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2018.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-339837OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-339837DiVA, id: diva2:1176659
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Political Science
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Master Programme in Political Science
Available from: 2018-01-23 Created: 2018-01-23 Last updated: 2018-01-23Bibliographically approved

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