‘Greed’ versus ‘Grievance’: A Useful Conceptual Distinction in the Study of Civil War?

@article{Hoeffler2011GreedV,
  title={‘Greed’ versus ‘Grievance’: A Useful Conceptual Distinction in the Study of Civil War?},
  author={Anke Hoeffler},
  journal={Studies in Ethnicity and Nationalism},
  year={2011},
  volume={11},
  pages={274-284}
}
  • Anke Hoeffler
  • Published 2011
  • Political Science
  • Studies in Ethnicity and Nationalism
Since the end of World War II, civil war has been the most common form of large-scale violent conflict; in total, this type of armed confrontation has killed about sixteen million people (Regan 2009). Over the past decade, there has been a pronounced increase in the civil war literature. Economists, among other social scientists, have tried to investigate the causes of large-scale violent conflict by using economic theory, as well as empirical tests, which had hitherto been impossible due to… Expand
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