1st Edition

Resources, Governance and Civil Conflict

Edited By Magnus Öberg, Kaare Strøm Copyright 2008
    320 Pages 12 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    316 Pages 12 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book explores how governance structures - domestic political institutions, international peacekeeping efforts, armed interventions by other states - and natural resources affect the onset, dynamics and the termination of civil wars.

    Written by leading researchers in the field of conflict research, it provides new insights into, and offers fresh perspectives on the role of governance structures and resources in civil conflict, suggesting that many of the same set of factors play important roles in the onset and dynamics of civil conflict as well as in the termination of such conflicts and in post-conflict stability. Presenting a variety of theoretical approaches and case studies on India, Sudan, the Basque country and Costa Rica, Governance, Resources and Civil Conflict will be of interest to students and scholars of politics, international relations and conflict studies.

    Part I. Introducing Civil Conflict

    1. Introduction 1
    Magnus Öberg and Kaare Strøm

    2. Civil Conflict in the Contemporary World 
    Kristine Eck, Bethany Lacina, and Magnus Öberg

    Part II. Causes and Dynamics

    3. Insights from Macro Studies of the Risk of Civil War 
    Bethany Lacina

    4. Civil Wars and Interstate Disputes 
    Kristian Skrede Gleditsch & Idean Salehyan

    5. Robin Hood or Al Capone? Natural Resources and Conflict in India’s Naxalite Insurgency 
    Wm. Noël Ivey

    6. Government Restructuring and Reallocation of Resources in the face of Ethno-Nationalist Insurgency in the Basque Country (1979-2005) 
    Enric Martínez-Herrera

    7. Political Marginalization and Economic Exclusion in the Making of Insurgencies in Sudan 
    Aleksi Ylönen

    8. Military Intervention, Democratization, and Post-conflict Political Stability 
    Scott Gates and Håvard Strand

    Part III. Termination and Post-Conflict Stability

    9. Enforcing Alone: Collective Action in Ethnic Conflicts Settlement 
    Theodora-Ismene Gizelis

    10. From Bullets to Ballots: Using the People as Arbitrators to Settle Civil Wars 
    Margareta Sollenberg

    11. Democracy after War: Causes and Consequences of the 1948 Civil War in Costa Rica 
    Fernando F. Sánchez
    12. Democracies, Disengagement and Deals: Exploring the Effect of Different Types of Mediators in Civil Conflict  
    Isak Svensson

    13. Rebels on the Outside: Signatories Signaling Commitment to Durable Peace 408
    Desirée Nilsson

    Part IV. Conclusions

    14. Conclusions 
    Magnus Öberg and Kaare Strøm


    Magnus Öberg is Director of Studies at the Department of Peace and Conflict Research, Uppsala University, Sweden, and Research Associate at the Centre for the Study of Civil War, International Peace Research Institute, Oslo (PRIO), Norway.

    Kaare Strøm is Professor of Political Science at the University of California, San Diego, USA, and Research Professor, Centre for the Study of Civil War, International Peace Research Institute, Oslo (PRIO), Norway.