At the blog Political Violence at a Glance, Cullen Hendrix writes about the international study of ethnic politics, and what it can tell us about the rise of Trump. Some of his key takeaways:
- Demographic decline in the dominant ethnic group – either real or perceived – is often politically destabilizing.
- Ethnic diversity stymies investment in social welfare – which is more necessary than ever in a more open US economy.
- Most of the time, interethnic relations are peaceful or even cooperative.
- Ethnic identity is not static.
The article is a bit wonky, but worth the read for a broader perspective.