Leadership and conflict

Alan Hamlin, Colin Jennings

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We model the choice of leaders of groups within society, where leaders influence both the mode of interaction between groups (either peaceful compromise or costly conflict) and the outcome of these interactions. Group members may choose leaders strategically/instrumentally or they may choose leaders expressively. We characterize the equilibria of the instrumental choice model and also argue that leadership elections may overemphasise the role of expressive considerations in the choice of leader, and that this may result in increased conflict between groups. © 2006 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)49-68
Number of pages19
JournalJournal of Economic Behavior and Organization
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2007


  • Conflict
  • Leadership
  • Political process


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