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tr.v. frac·tion·al·ized, frac·tion·al·iz·ing, frac·tion·al·iz·es
To divide into separate parts or sections: conflicting interests that tend to fractionalize a society.

frac′tion·al·i·za′tion (-lĭ-zā′shən) n.


(ˈfrækʃənəˌlaɪz) or


vb (tr)
to break into separate parts


(ˈfræk ʃə nlˌaɪz)

v.t., v.i. -ized, -iz•ing.
to divide or splinter into fractions.
frac`tion•al•i•za′tion, n.
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Ethnic fractionalization is another significant factor with negative influence on the strength of post-conflict growth.
1999) focus on linguistic differences and find that ethnolinguistic fractionalization results in more government intervention, less efficient government, and lower levels of public goods provision, findings that square nicely with those of Easterly (2001).
Keywords: Ethnic cohesion, fractionalization, polarization.
s (2003) widely used measure of ethnolinguistic fractionalization (ELF), which indicates the probability that two individuals, chosen at random, belong to different ethnolinguistic groups.
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According to Laakso and Taagepera, "the effective number of parties is the number of hypothetical equal-size parties that would have the same total effect on fractionalization of the system as have the actual parties of unequal size" (Laakso & Taagepera, 1979).
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