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Natural resources and civil strife : a two-stage process.

Auty, Richard M. (2004) Natural resources and civil strife : a two-stage process. Geopolitics, 9 (1). pp. 29-49. ISSN 1465-0045

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Abstract

This article explains why resource-rich countries tend to spawn predatory political states that distort the economy and create four of Collier's conditions for civil strife, namely a growth collapse, low educational attainment, a large cohort of unemployed young males and high resource dependence. Yet, the article also shows that these conditions characterize the resource-rich countries as a group, and most have avoided civil strife. The second part of the study therefore identifies the specific properties of natural resources associated with conflict, namely socio-economic linkages, the ratio of commodity value to weight and relative location. However, this manifestation of the resource curse, like others, is not a deterministic phenomenon so that domestic and global policies can limit resource-driven conflict.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Geopolitics
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > G Geography (General)
Departments: Faculty of Science and Technology > Lancaster Environment Centre
ID Code: 9354
Deposited By: Mrs Janet Harris
Deposited On: 05 Jun 2008 13:11
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 26 Jul 2012 18:35
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/9354

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