Doing Well out of War-Collier

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Political Science
Ingrid L.Stefanovic

Doing well out of war-COLLIER One extreme rebellion might arise because the rebels aspire to wealth through capturing resources extra-legally. At the other extreme they might arise because rebels aspire to rid the nation, or the group of people with which they identify, of an unjust regime. These two motivations obviously imply radically different types of policy intervention if the international community wishes to promote the prospects of peace. While primary commodities are thus a good proxy for the lootable resources which greed-motivated rebels would seek to capture, there are other factors likely to matter for an economic agenda The willingness of young men to join a rebellion might be influenced by their other income-earning opportunities Grievance is focused on a lack of political rights Grievance focuses on government economic incompetence Some societies are much more prone to conflict than others, simply because they offer more inviting economic prospects for rebellion. A society which is fully democratic is safer than one which is only partially democratic. Rebellions based purely on grievance face such severe collective action problems that the basic theories of social science would predict that they are unlikely to occur, and the empirical evidence supports this prediction. Civil war societies tend to become opportunistic. This will affect business practices, s
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