Greed and Grievance: Economic Agendas in Civil Wars

| February 10, 2011

Title: Greed & Grievance: Economic Agendas in Civil Wars

Editors: Berdal, Mats and David M. Malone

Publisher: Lynne Rienner Publishers. 2000

Call No.: HB195 .G72 2000

From the Publisher:

Current scholarship on civil wars and transitions from war to peace has made significant progress in understanding the political dimensions of internal conflict. However, the economic motivations spurring political violence have been comparatively neglected. This pathbreaking book 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 position, and in what situations elites find war to be more profitable that peace. Throughout, the authors strive consistently for policy relevance in both their analysis and their prescriptions.

About the Editors:

Mats Berdal is professor of security and development at King’s College, London. 
David M. Malone is president of IDRC (the International Development Research Centre) in Canada. Previously, he served as Canada’s high commissioner to India and nonresident ambassador to Nepal and Bhutan, and in 1998–2004 he was president of the International Peace Institute. His most recent publication is The International Struggle over Iraq: Politics in the UN Security Council 1998-2005.