Economic Liberalization and Political Violence

Economic Liberalization and Political Violence : Utopia or Dystopia?

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Globalisation is lauded by some as a tool for spreading peace and prosperity, and decried by others as a harbinger of conflict and war. This book challenges both views. Narrowing down globalisation to the more manageable notion of neoliberalism, Economic Liberalization and Political Violence studies the effect of neoliberalism on violent conflict and war-making. The sophisticated analysis includes statistical work and a set of qualitative case studies from Latin America (Colombia, Peru, El Salvador, and Guatemala) and sub-Saharan Africa (Cote d'Ivoire, Sudan, and Uganda). The findings demonstrate that the shift to neoliberal policies has produced widely diverging outcomes in different contexts. An invaluable source for students of political economy, development studies and international relations this book shows that neoliberalism can help to end violent conflict as well as bringing about new, criminal forms of violence.show more

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  • Hardback | 360 pages
  • 132.08 x 218.44 x 25.4mm | 521.63g
  • PLUTO PRESS
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0745330649
  • 9780745330648

About Gerd Schonwalder

Francisco Gutierrez is researcher at the Instituto de Estudios Politicos y Relaciones Internacionales. His main research interests are on armed conflict, political organization, state crises, and comparative methodology. Gerd Schonwalder is the Director of Policy and Planning at IDRC, where he previously led the Peace, Conflict, and Development program. Prior to joining IDRC, he worked in Brussels as a European Union official.show more

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An important and original work. Schonwalder, Gutierrez and their colleagues challenge both advocates and opponents of neo-liberal reforms. The collection demonstrates that there is no simple equation linking economic liberalisation and political democratisation to either peace and development or war and state unravelling. This book is 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 Economicsshow more

Table of contents

Introduction 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 Schonwalder and Francisco Gutierrez-Sanin Indexshow more

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