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Palgrave Macmillan

The Economic Roots of Conflict and Cooperation in Africa

ISBN 9781137356789
Publication Date November 2013
Formats Hardcover Ebook (EPUB) Ebook (PDF) 
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan
Series Politics, Economics, and Inclusive Development

The Economic Roots of Conflict and Cooperation in Africa explores how the development strategies of African nations shape the nature and dynamics of inter-group violence. The overview chapter assesses development doctrines, patterns of development, and levels and nature of violence in both North Africa and Sub-Saharan Africa. Focusing on eleven countries, the case-study contributions explore the immediate and long-term impacts of development initiatives on reducing or increasing inter-group conflict and violence. They demonstrate the importance of evolving identities as economic roles and conditions change. These insights can guide policymakers, development professionals, and activists committed to conflict-sensitive development.

William Ascher is the Donald C. McKenna Professor of Government and Economics at Claremont McKenna College, USA. He also directs the Pacific Basin Research Center at Soka University of America, USA. He has written six books on the politics and economics of development.

Natalia Mirovitskaya is a Senior Researcher & Lecturing Fellow at the Duke Center for International Development, USA. She has published on sustainable development, environmental security, and peacebuilding and has taught in several countries.

1. Development Strategies and the Evolution of Violence in Africa; William Ascher and Natalia Mirovitskaya
2. Whither Egypt?; Robert Tignor
3. Development Strategies in North Africa; Clement Henry
4. Ethiopia: Averting Violence through its Quest for Growth; Nzinga Broussard
5. The Policy Roots of Ethnic Peace in Tanzania; Michael Lofchie
6. Côte d'Ivoire and Ghana Fifty Years after Independence; John McCauley
7. Development Strategies and Conflict in Nigeria; Darren Kew and Chris Kwaja
8. The Absence of Inter-Group Violence in Botswana: An Assessment of the Role of Development Strategies; Amy Poteete
9. Intergroup Peace and Interpersonal Violence in South Africa; Takako Mino
10. Conclusions; William Ascher and Natalia Mirovitskaya

William Ascher, Claremont McKenna College, USA
Nzinga Broussard, Ohio State University, USA
Darren Kew, McCormack Graduate School of the University of Massachusetts, US
Clement Henry, American University in Cairo, Egypt
Chris Kwaja, University of Jos, Nigeria
Michael Lofchie, University of California, Los Angeles, USA
John McCauley, University of Maryland, USA
Takako Minom, Claremont Graduate University, USA
Natalia Mirovitskaya, Duke Center for International Development, USA
Amy Poteete, Concordia University, Canada
Robert Tignor, Princeton University, USA


"A large literature on conflict and violence in Africa now exists, but there is very little that examines the linkages between development strategy and practice and violence. This volume is an important addition to current debates about Africa."- Thomas M. Callaghy, University of Pennsylvania, USA
'A 'must-read' for development professionals working in Africa, this volume offers a useful and comprehensive framework for identifying the linkages between economic development policies and inter-group relations. Together, the vase studies of 11 countries present a powerful picture of the complex web of factors that contribute to conflict or deter it by way of polices that avoid economic deprivation and social division. The contributors do not shy away from challenges that include land tenure, the role of the state and privatization, and revenue management of extractive industries. I highly recommend this book.'- Michael R. Curtis, PhD, Senior Technical Advisor, USAID/Africa Bureau
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