Trickle-Down ethnic politics: drunk and absent in the Kenya police force (1957-1970)

Vanden Eynde, Oliver, Kuhn, Patrick M and Moradi, Alexander (2017) Trickle-Down ethnic politics: drunk and absent in the Kenya police force (1957-1970). American Economic Journal: Economic Policy. ISSN 1945-7731 (Accepted)

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Abstract

How does ethnic politics affect the state's ability to provide policing services? Using a panel of administrative personnel data on the full careers of 6,784 police officers, we show how the rise of ethnic politics around Kenya's independence influenced policemen's behavior. We find a significant deterioration in discipline after Kenya's first multiparty election for those police officers of ethnic groups associated with the ruling party. These effects are driven by a behavioral change among these policemen. We find no evidence of favoritism within the police. Instead, our results are consistent with co-ethnic officers experiencing an emboldenment effect. Our findings highlight that the state's security apparatus, at its most granular level, is not insulated from ethnic politics.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Business, Management and Economics > Economics
Depositing User: Alexander Moradi
Date Deposited: 14 Nov 2017 09:10
Last Modified: 14 Nov 2017 09:10
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/71204

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