Economic Liberalization and Political Violence

Economic Liberalization and Political Violence : Utopia or Dystopia?

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Globalisation has spread neoliberal political economies worldwide, but is the globalising of this economic system a tool for spreading peace and prosperity, or a harbinger of conflict and war?

The authors examine the effect of neoliberalism on violent conflict and war-making in Sudan, the Ivory Coast, Peru and Colombia. Through quantitative and qualitative analyses they challenge advocates and opponents of neo-liberal reforms, revealing that the shift to neoliberal policies has produced widely diverging outcomes in different contexts; proving that the notion of global neoliberal homogeneity is flawed.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 360 pages
  • 135 x 215 x 20.32mm | 439.98g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • black & white line drawings, black & white tables, figures
  • 0745330630
  • 9780745330631
  • 2,352,234

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Table of contents


1. War, Peace and Liberalism: A Quantitative Approach to the Relation between Economic Globalisation and Armed Conflict*by Jairo Baquero Melo

2. Economic Liberalisation and Politics in Uganda by Frederick Golooba-Mutebi

3. Ivory Coast: The Political Economy Of A Citizenship Crisis by Richard Banegas

4. The Multiple Uses of Neo-liberalism

War, New Frontier and Reconfiguration of the State in Sudan by Roland Marchal and Einas Ahmed

5. Colombia: The re-structuring of violence by Francisco Gutierrez Sanin

6. War and Neoliberal Transformation:The Peruvian Experience by Ramon Pajuelo-Teves

7. Conclusions by Gerd Schoenwalder and Francisco Gutierrez-Sanin

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'An important and original work ... essential reading for anyone who wishes to understand the dynamics of conflict and development in the 21st century' -- James Putzel, Professor of Development Studies and Director of the Crisis States Research Centre, London School of Economics
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About Gerd Schonwalder

Francisco Gutierrez is researcher at the Instituto de Estudios Politicos y Relaciones Internacionales. He is the co-editor of Economic Liberalization and Political Violence: Utopia or Dystopia? (Pluto, 2010). Gerd Schonwalder is the Director of Policy and Planning at IDRC, where he previously led the Peace, Conflict, and Development program. He is the co-editor of Economic Liberalization and Political Violence: Utopia or Dystopia? (Pluto, 2010).
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