Essays on Civil War, Inequality and Underdevelopment

Syed Mansoob Murshed

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


Syed Mansoob Murshed has been at the forefront of research in the rational choice approach to conflict. His pioneering work over many years has demonstrated that armed conflict is inseparable from inequality and economic development.

This book brings together Murshed’s key economic writings on conflict and includes work on conflict causation, sustaining peace agreements, the relationship of conflict and economic progress, the trade–conflict nexus, the effects of conflict on financial deepening and fiscal capacity, as well as case studies of everyday violence and transnational terrorism. The essays cover both theoretical ideas, critical literature reviews, mathematical modelling, and crossnational and subnational econometric empirical analysis.

The enduring nature of war and conflict and uneven economic outcomes 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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