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Nadav G. Shelef

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780801453489

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: January 2021

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9780801453489.001.0001

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The Withdrawal of Homeland Territoriality in a Cross-National Perspective

The Withdrawal of Homeland Territoriality in a Cross-National Perspective

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Nadav G. Shelef

Cornell University Press

This chapter presents a replicable, systematic, cross-national measure of the homeland status of lost territory which is consistent with the ideational character of homelands and captures the possibility that their scope can change. This indicator is based on the systematic tracing over time of the way in which domestic media on both sides of every new international border drawn between 1945 and 1996 spoke about the land newly located on the wrong side of the border. This measure enables the inclusion of the homeland status of lost territory in quantitative analysis of conflict in ways that bridge the gap between political science theory and existing proxies for the homeland status of territory. Using a survival analysis, the chapter then explores the general purchase of explanations of the withdrawal of homeland territoriality from parts of the homeland left on the wrong side of new international borders. This analysis shows that those conditions which produce evolutionary dynamics—namely, the sustained presence of meaningful institutionalized domestic political competition over time—are consistently associated with withdrawing homeland territoriality from lost parts of the homeland, even when controlling for the other factors that shape whether territory is included in the homeland.

Keywords:   homelands, lost territory, domestic media, international borders, homeland territoriality, domestic political competition, evolutionary dynamics

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