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Geographien der Gewalt. Handlungsorientierte geographische Bürgerkriegsforschung in politischökonomischer Perspektive


Korf, Benedikt (2003). Geographien der Gewalt. Handlungsorientierte geographische Bürgerkriegsforschung in politischökonomischer Perspektive. Geographische Zeitschrift, 91(1):24-39.

Abstract

Political violence and civil war have become a widespread phenomenon at the beginning of the new millennium and substance of violence, conflict and anarchy affect the life of many people. While the dominating political economy paradigm on civil wars has stressed the dichotomy of greed versus grievances as explanatory variables for the incidence and protracted duration of civil wars, this paper argues for a more contextual approach that investigates the nexus of greed and grievance in its space-time relation. An institutionalist political economy perspective can provide important insights into understanding the institutional logic of warfare and violence in its local context. I introduce two different approaches in the new institutionalism, namely the contract (transaction costs) and the distributional school of thought. Based on empirical studies from the war zones of Sri Lanka, I delineate the comparative advantages of the contractual and the distributional theory of institutional change in explaining 'real-life' phenomena on conflicts over property rights to local resources.

Political violence and civil war have become a widespread phenomenon at the beginning of the new millennium and substance of violence, conflict and anarchy affect the life of many people. While the dominating political economy paradigm on civil wars has stressed the dichotomy of greed versus grievances as explanatory variables for the incidence and protracted duration of civil wars, this paper argues for a more contextual approach that investigates the nexus of greed and grievance in its space-time relation. An institutionalist political economy perspective can provide important insights into understanding the institutional logic of warfare and violence in its local context. I introduce two different approaches in the new institutionalism, namely the contract (transaction costs) and the distributional school of thought. Based on empirical studies from the war zones of Sri Lanka, I delineate the comparative advantages of the contractual and the distributional theory of institutional change in explaining 'real-life' phenomena on conflicts over property rights to local resources.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:07 Faculty of Science > Institute of Geography
Dewey Decimal Classification:910 Geography & travel
Language:German
Date:2003
Deposited On:23 Aug 2012 10:49
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 15:56
Publisher:Franz Steiner Verlag
ISSN:0016-7479
Official URL:http://www.jstor.org/stable/27818964
Related URLs:http://www.steiner-verlag.de/GZ/GZ7.html

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