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States, Scarcity, and Civil Strife in the Developing World
Author: Colin H. Kahl

ISBN: 9780691138350
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 368
Published: 29 June 2008
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2 x 2.0
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Over the past several decades, civil and ethnic wars have undermined prospects for economic and political development, destabilized entire regions of the globe, and left millions dead. "States, Scarcity, and Civil Strife in the Developing World" argues that demographic and environmental stress--the interactions among rapid population growth, environmental degradation, inequality, and emerging scarcities of vital natural resources--represents one important source of turmoil in today's world.

Kahl contends that this type of stress places enormous strains on both societies and governments in poor countries, increasing their vulnerability to armed conflict. He identifies two pathways whereby this process unfolds: state failure and state exploitation. State failure conflicts occur when population growth, environmental degradation, and resource inequality weaken the capacity, legitimacy, and cohesion of governments, thereby expanding the opportunities and incentives for rebellion and intergroup violence. State exploitation conflicts, in contrast, occur when political leaders themselves capitalize on the opportunities...

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