Essays on Civil War, Inequality and Underdevelopment

Syed Mansoob Murshed

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ISBN 9781788213745
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ISBN 9781788213752
288 pages   |  234 x 156mm   |  25 March 2021


Armed conflict, including civil war, is inseparable from inequality and economic development. The intrinsic causes of conflict, even when it falls short of all-out warfare, are rooted in individual and group identity and the history of injustice and the mental framing of discrimination within society. Economics and political science have become increasingly interested in how the continuing failure of sustainable economic development and inequality has spawned armed conflict within states.

Mansoob Murshed has pioneered research in the "rational choice" approach to conflict. This book includes his writings on issues of conflict causation to sustaining peace agreements, on how a peaceful state is made sustainable, the relationship of conflict with economic progress, the trade-conflict nexus, the effects of conflict on financial deepening and fiscal capacity, the effects of restricting international narcotics flows, aspects of the nature of transnational terrorism and the evolution of the fear of certain immigrant groups in Western nations. The essays cover both theoretical ideas, critical literature reviews, theory in a mathematical model, cross-national econometric empirical analysis, as well as sub-national econometric analyses. The enduring nature of war and conflict and uneven economic outcome make Murshed’s work of lasting significance.


1. Conflict, civil war and underdevelopment
2. Revisiting the greed and grievance explanations for violent conflict
3. Greed, grievance and globalization
4. Economic dimensions of the liberal peace and its implications for conflict in developing countries
5. Enforcing peace agreements through commitment technologies
6. The conflict-growth nexus and the poverty of nations
7. Conflict and fiscal capacity
8. Does civil war hamper financial development?
9. The clash of civilizations and the interaction between fear and hatred
10. Transnational terrorism as a spillover of domestic disputes in other countries
11. Quantitative restrictions on the flow of narcotics: supply and demand restraints in a North-South macro-model
12. Spatial-horizontal inequality and the Maoist conflict in Nepal
13. Socioeconomic determinants of everyday violence in Indonesia: an empirical investigation of Javanese districts, 1994–2003
14. Not loving thy neighbour as thyself: trade, democracy and military expenditure explanations underlying India–Pakistan rivalry

Author Information

Syed Mansoob Murshed is Professor of the Economics of Peace and Conflict at the International Institute of Social Studies at Erasmus University in the Netherlands and Professor of Economics at Coventry University in the UK.

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