Competitive exclusion.

  • J Kristen Urban
  • Published 2009 in
    Politics and the life sciences : the journal of…


The Principle of Competitive Exclusion, first articulated by Gause in 1934, states that two species or populations cannot inhabit the same niche: one will consistently out-compete the other. Of four possible outcomes, the logistic equations that describe such interaction present only one possibility for coexistence, that being when the density-dependent mechanisms of one population become activated before intergroup competition eliminates the other. In applying Gause's Principle as an explanatory model to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, this research explores the present bantustanization of the West Bank as a logical outcome of interspecific competition, but sees the competition coefficients of the equations as the key factors in promoting a stable equilibrium.

DOI: 10.2990/28_2_69

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@article{Urban2009CompetitiveE, title={Competitive exclusion.}, author={J Kristen Urban}, journal={Politics and the life sciences : the journal of the Association for Politics and the Life Sciences}, year={2009}, volume={28 2}, pages={69-83} }