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Cultural Leaders and the Clash of Civilizations

Esther Hauk () and Hannes Mueller

Journal of Conflict Resolution, 2015, vol. 59, issue 3, 367-400

Abstract: This article builds a microfounded model of cultural conflict. In this model, intrinsically motivated cultural leaders supply and interpret culture. Leaders have an incentive to amplify disagreement about cultural values. This leads to a clash of perspectives between cultures. The population benefits from the supply of culture but suffers if leaders amplify the clash of perspectives. The article discusses constraints to leader behavior and analyzes how economic factors affect the incentives of cultural leaders. Economic strength can lead to displays of cultural arrogance while economic integration between groups can hinder cultural alienation.

Keywords: culture; conflict; intrinisic motivation; leaders; religion (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2015
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