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War violence, nationalism, and party support: Evidence from Italy

Giacomo Lemoli and Gloria Gennaro

No wp-2023-22, WIDER Working Paper Series from World Institute for Development Economic Research (UNU-WIDER)

Abstract: Under what conditions can legacies of past violence shape political behaviour? We propose a theory of how war victimization defines attitudes over the long run, and how these can be activated by changes in the political environment. We argue that exposure to violence by members of a different ethnic group generates hostility that spills over other outgroups; this latent hostility resonates with nationalist appeals to ingroup (national) identity against non-nationals.

Keywords: Political economy; War; Violence; Nationalism (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2023
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