Beyond Measured Facts
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My attempts to unearth the reasons why ethnic diversity might be associated with declines in social cohesion, by conducting a quantitative review of the empirical evidence on the topic (Chapter 2) and comparing the explanatory power of competing statistical measures of ethnic diversity (Chapter 4), have generated novel insights. In contrast to the provision of public goods and trust-related sentiments, for example, there is little evidence that the behavioural dimension of social cohesion, in terms of civic engagement, is related to ethnic diversity. I will pursue the implications of this finding later in this chapter. Also novel is the insight that both the current state of diversity and recent changes in that state are predictors of trust-related sentiments. But even though these are only two examples of a number of insights, they cannot hide the fact that so far I have been unsuccessful in my main aim.