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Greed and Grievance: Economic Agendas in Civil Wars

Mats Berdal and David M. Malone, editors
Greed and Grievance: Economic Agendas in Civil Wars
ISBN: 978-1-55587-892-4
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2000/256 pages/LC: 99-086829
A project of the International Peace Institute

"The strength of the analyses presented herein make for a most compelling argument." —Richard Thurston, International Peacekeeping

"Many readers of this book will find it a source of much stimulation for research and reflection."—Anthony James Joes, Contemporary Security Policy

"An essential read for economists, sociologists and political activists alike."—Saud Choudhry, Development Policy Review

DESCRIPTION

Current scholarship on civil wars and transitions from war to peace has made significant progress in understanding the political dimensions of internal conflict, but the economic motivations spurring political violence have been comparatively neglected. This pathbreaking volume identifies the economic and social factors underlying the perpetuation of civil wars, exploring as well the economic incentives and disincentives available to international actors seeking to restore peace to war-torn societies.

The authors consider the economic rationality of conflict for belligerents, the economic strategies that elites use to sustain their positions, and in what situations elites find war to be more profitable than peace. They strive consistently for policy relevance in both their analysis and their prescriptions.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Mats Berdal is professor of security and development at King's College, London.  David M. Malone, under-secretary-general of the United Nations, serves as  rector of the United Nations University.  His most recent publication is The International Struggle over Iraq: Politics in the UN Security Council 1998-2005.

CONTENTS

  • Introduction—the Editors.
  • APPROACHES TO THE POLITICAL ECONOMY OF CIVIL WARS.
  • Incentives and Disincentives for Violence—D. Keen.
  • Shadow States and the Political Economy of Civil Wars—W. Reno.
  • Globalization, Transborder Trade, and War Economies—M. Duffield.
  • Doing Well out of War: An Economic Perspective—P. Collier.
  • The Resource Curse: Are Civil Wars Driven by Rapacity or Paucity?—I. de Soysa.
  • The View from Below—M. Mwanasali.
  • CONFRONTING ECONOMIC AGENDAS IN CIVIL WARS.
  • Arms, Elites, and Resources in the Angolan Civil War—V. Gamba and R. Cornwell
  • Targeted Financial Sanctions—S.D. Porteous.
  • Aiding or Abetting?: Humanitarian Aid and Its Economic Role in Civil War—D. Shearer.
  • Shaping Agendas in Civil Wars: Can International Criminal Law Help?—T. Farer.
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