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Nation Building: Big Lessons from Successes and Failures

This book presents a synthesis of key recent advances in political-economy research on the various approaches and strategies used in the process of building nations throughout modern history. It features chapters written by leading scholars who describe the findings of their quantitative analyses of the risks and benefits of different nation-building policies. The book is comprised of 26 chapters organised into six sections, each focusing on a different aspect of nation building. The first chapter presents a unified framework for assessing nation-building policies, highlights potential challenges that may arise, provides a summary of each of the other chapters, and draws out the main lessons from them. The following chapters delve into the importance of social interactions for national identification, the role of education, propaganda and leadership, external interventions and wars, and the effects of representation and redistribution. The book offers a nuanced understanding of effective nation-building policies.

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Rohner, D and E Zhuravskaya (eds) (2023), ‘Nation Building: Big Lessons from Successes and Failures‘, CEPR Press, Paris & London. https://cepr.org/publications/books-and-reports/nation-building-big-lessons-successes-and-failures

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Rohner, D and E Zhuravskaya (2023), ‘Nation building: What could possibly go wrong?‘, in Rohner, D and E Zhuravskaya (eds), Nation Building: Big Lessons from Successes and Failures, CEPR Press, Paris & London. https://cepr.org/publications/books-and-reports/nation-building-big-lessons-successes-and-failures

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Bazzi, S, A Gaduh, A Rothenberg and M Wong (2023), ‘Diversity, contact and nation building: Evidence from population resettlement in Indonesia‘, in Rohner, D and E Zhuravskaya (eds), Nation Building: Big Lessons from Successes and Failures, CEPR Press, Paris & London. https://cepr.org/publications/books-and-reports/nation-building-big-lessons-successes-and-failures

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Grosfeld, I and E Zhuravskaya (2023), ‘Defining national culture in opposition to a domestic outgroup: Identity in the Russian Empire‘, in Rohner, D and E Zhuravskaya (eds), Nation Building: Big Lessons from Successes and Failures, CEPR Press, Paris & London. https://cepr.org/publications/books-and-reports/nation-building-big-lessons-successes-and-failures

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Jha, S (2023), ‘Building resilient inter-ethnic peace: Hindus and Muslims in South Asia‘, in Rohner, D and E Zhuravskaya (eds), Nation Building: Big Lessons from Successes and Failures, CEPR Press, Paris & London. https://cepr.org/publications/books-and-reports/nation-building-big-lessons-successes-and-failures

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Rohner, D, M Thoenig and F Zilibotti (2023), ‘Building trust, not bombs: Micro‑foundations of contact theory‘, in Rohner, D and E Zhuravskaya (eds), Nation Building: Big Lessons from Successes and Failures, CEPR Press, Paris & London. https://cepr.org/publications/books-and-reports/nation-building-big-lessons-successes-and-failures

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Cáceres-Delpiano, J, A De Moragas, G Facchini and I González (2023), ‘Building nations through internal mobility: Evidence from Spanish conscripts‘, in Rohner, D and E Zhuravskaya (eds), Nation Building: Big Lessons from Successes and Failures, CEPR Press, Paris & London. https://cepr.org/publications/books-and-reports/nation-building-big-lessons-successes-and-failures

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Okunogbe, O (2023), ‘Promoting national integration through national service programmes: Evidence from Nigeria’s National Youth Service Corps‘, in Rohner, D and E Zhuravskaya (eds), Nation Building: Big Lessons from Successes and Failures, CEPR Press, Paris & London. https://cepr.org/publications/books-and-reports/nation-building-big-lessons-successes-and-failures

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Blanc, G and M Kubo (2023), ‘State-sponsored education and French identity‘, in Rohner, D and E Zhuravskaya (eds), Nation Building: Big Lessons from Successes and Failures, CEPR Press, Paris & London. https://cepr.org/publications/books-and-reports/nation-building-big-lessons-successes-and-failures

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Mohnen, M and M Viarengo (2023), ‘America’s melting pot: Lessons from the Age of Mass Migration‘, in Rohner, D and E Zhuravskaya (eds), Nation Building: Big Lessons from Successes and Failures, CEPR Press, Paris & London. https://cepr.org/publications/books-and-reports/nation-building-big-lessons-successes-and-failures

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Clots Figueras, I and P Masella (2023), ‘Education, language and national identity: Evidence from education reform in Catalonia‘, in Rohner, D and E Zhuravskaya (eds), Nation Building: Big Lessons from Successes and Failures, CEPR Press, Paris & London. https://cepr.org/publications/books-and-reports/nation-building-big-lessons-successes-and-failures

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Cantoni, D, D Yang and N Yuchtman (2023), ‘Curriculum and ideology: Evidence from China‘, in Rohner, D and E Zhuravskaya (eds), Nation Building: Big Lessons from Successes and Failures, CEPR Press, Paris & London. https://cepr.org/publications/books-and-reports/nation-building-big-lessons-successes-and-failures

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Cinnirella, F and R Schüler (2023), ‘Lessons from Bismarck’s Germanisation policy‘, in Rohner, D and E Zhuravskaya (eds), Nation Building: Big Lessons from Successes and Failures, CEPR Press, Paris & London. https://cepr.org/publications/books-and-reports/nation-building-big-lessons-successes-and-failures

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Fouka, V (2023), ‘Language policies in education and the possibility of an identity backlash‘, in Rohner, D and E Zhuravskaya (eds), Nation Building: Big Lessons from Successes and Failures, CEPR Press, Paris & London. https://cepr.org/publications/books-and-reports/nation-building-big-lessons-successes-and-failures

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Bazzi, S, M Hilmy and B Marx (2023), ‘Education for the masses or the pious? Public and Islamic schools in Indonesia‘, in Rohner, D and E Zhuravskaya (eds), Nation Building: Big Lessons from Successes and Failures, CEPR Press, Paris & London. https://cepr.org/publications/books-and-reports/nation-building-big-lessons-successes-and-failures

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Blouin, A and S Mukand (2023), ‘Leadership and propaganda in nation building: Evidence from Rwanda under Kagame‘, in Rohner, D and E Zhuravskaya (eds), Nation Building: Big Lessons from Successes and Failures, CEPR Press, Paris & London. https://cepr.org/publications/books-and-reports/nation-building-big-lessons-successes-and-failures

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Esposito, E, T Rotesi, A Saia and M Thoenig (2023), ‘Memory and nation building: The dangers of common enemy narratives‘, in Rohner, D and E Zhuravskaya (eds), Nation Building: Big Lessons from Successes and Failures, CEPR Press, Paris & London. https://cepr.org/publications/books-and-reports/nation-building-big-lessons-successes-and-failures

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DellaVigna, S, R Enikolopov, V Mironova, M Petrova and E Zhuravskaya (2023), ‘Unintended cross-border effects of nation-building media‘, in Rohner, D and E Zhuravskaya (eds), Nation Building: Big Lessons from Successes and Failures, CEPR Press, Paris & London. https://cepr.org/publications/books-and-reports/nation-building-big-lessons-successes-and-failures

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Assouad, L (2023), ‘Charismatic leaders and nation-building: The case of Mustafa Kemal ‘Atatürk’‘, in Rohner, D and E Zhuravskaya (eds), Nation Building: Big Lessons from Successes and Failures, CEPR Press, Paris & London. https://cepr.org/publications/books-and-reports/nation-building-big-lessons-successes-and-failures

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Dimant, E, T Krieger and D Meierrieks (2023), ‘Nation building through military aid? Unintended consequences of US interventionism‘, in Rohner, D and E Zhuravskaya (eds), Nation Building: Big Lessons from Successes and Failures, CEPR Press, Paris & London. https://cepr.org/publications/books-and-reports/nation-building-big-lessons-successes-and-failures

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Dell, M and P Querubin (2023), ‘Nation building through foreign military intervention? Evidence from the Vietnam War‘, in Rohner, D and E Zhuravskaya (eds), Nation Building: Big Lessons from Successes and Failures, CEPR Press, Paris & London. https://cepr.org/publications/books-and-reports/nation-building-big-lessons-successes-and-failures

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Gehring, K, ‘Identity formation under occupation and external threats: Evidence from Alsace-Lorraine and the annexation of Crimea‘, in Rohner, D and E Zhuravskaya (eds), Nation Building: Big Lessons from Successes and Failures, CEPR Press, Paris & London. https://cepr.org/publications/books-and-reports/nation-building-big-lessons-successes-and-failures

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Mueller, H, C Rauh and D Rohner (2023), ‘Power sharing, conflict and state building‘, in Rohner, D and E Zhuravskaya (eds), Nation Building: Big Lessons from Successes and Failures, CEPR Press, Paris & London. https://cepr.org/publications/books-and-reports/nation-building-big-lessons-successes-and-failures

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Caprettini, B and H Voth (2023), ‘New patriots: How Roosevelt’s New Deal made America great again‘, in Rohner, D and E Zhuravskaya (eds), Nation Building: Big Lessons from Successes and Failures, CEPR Press, Paris & London. https://cepr.org/publications/books-and-reports/nation-building-big-lessons-successes-and-failures

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