This volume evaluates the state of the art in conflict studies. Original chapters by leading scholars survey theoretical and empirical research on the origins, processes, patterns, and consequences of most forms and contexts of political conflict, protest, repression, and rebellion. Contributors examine key pillars of conflict studies, including civil war, religious conflict, ethnic conflict, transnational conflict, terrorism, revolution, genocide, climate change, and several investigations into the role of the state. The research questions guiding the text include inquiries into the interactions between the rulers and the ruled, authorities and challengers, cooperation and conflict, accommodation and resistance, and the changing context of conflict from the local to the global.
Table of Contents
Introduction 1. States and Peoples in Conflict: Pillars, Forms and Transformations in Conflict Studies Peter Grabosky, Mark Lichbach, and Michael Stohl Part I: Pillars of Conflict 2. Grievance: The Nexus between Grievances and Conflict Victor Asal and Kathleen Deloughery 3. Liberalism: The Role of Modern Liberalism Mark I. Lichbach 4. Religion: Influences on Demoestic and International Relations Jonathan Fox 5. Political Authority: Assessing the State of the "State" in Recent Cross-National Empirical Research Keith Jaggers 6. Dynamics and Processes: Linkages between Internal and External Conflict Harvey Starr and Marc V. Simon 7. Climate Change? Reviewing the Evidence Ole Magnus Theisen, Nils Petter Gleditsch, and Halvard Buhaug 8. Comparative and Historical Studies of Crime: Trends, Patterns, Contexts Peter Nils Grabosky Part II: Forms of Conflict 9. Terrorism: Situations, Structure, and Dispositions as an Analytical Framework for Studying Terrorism Scott Englund and Michael Stohl 10. Revolutions: Robust Findings, Persistent Problems, and Promising Frontiers Colin J. Beck 11. State Failure: The Problem of Complex Societal-Systems Monty G. Marshall and Benjamin R. Cole 12. Genocide and Political Mass Murder: Definitions, Theories, Analyses Barbara Harff 13. Transnational Conflict: Normative Struggles and Globalization: The Case of Indigenous Peoples in Bolivia and Ecuador Pamela Martin and Franke Wilmer 14. Wars, Civil Wars, and Armed Conflict: Patterns, Trends, and Analytic Paradigms Peter Wallensteen Conclusion 15. The Future of Conflict Studies Ted Robert Gurr
Michael Stohl is Professor of Communication, Political Science, and Global Studies, and the Director of the Orfalea Center for Global and International Studies, at the University of California-Santa Barbara.
Mark I. Lichbach is Professor of Government and Politics at the University of Maryland-College Park.
Peter Nils Grabosky is Professor Emeritus at the Australian National University School of Regulation and Global Governance (REGNET).
Praise for States and Peoples in Conflict
In this brilliant volume, the world’s leading conflict researchers have contributed their latest theoretical and empirical findings regarding terrorism, crime, civil conflict, and revolutions, including their underlying causes. Examining the nature of the state, the role of religion, and the dynamics of the international system, this collection will be of immense value to both senior researchers and their students. No single volume tells more about what we know, and need to learn, in analyzing conflict.
Jack A. Goldstone, George Mason University
States and Peoples in Conflict is a rare synthesis of where we are in conflict studies, its methodologies, theories, and the way forward. A summary of this vast and expanding field of research is provided on the forms and reasons behind political and religious violence by some of the best academics of the discipline. Making the state the focal point of analysis, the book manages to shed new light on why the Hobbesian bargain is breaking down. The terror, crime, and military conflict we see around us highlight the need for this book.
Hans-Henrik Holm, Danish School of Media and Journalism
States and Peoples in Conflict is unique in its scholarly breadth and depth regarding the varied forms of deadly violence we face in the globe today. Each chapter in this volume presents an encyclopedic treatment of existing knowledge, while also engaging the puzzles that on-going violence poses to researchers. This is an indispensable compilation for any serious analyst of peace and conflict.
George A. Lopez, University of Notre Dame and United States Institute of Peace
This outstanding collection of essays provides a state-of-the-art overview of the conceptual pillars and controversies that constitute behavioral conflict studies. . . . In all, the book is a must-read for those interested in where behavioral conflict studies stands after a half-century of systematic empirical research.
Raymond D. Duvall, University of Minnesota