Geography as Motivation and Opportunity

  title={Geography as Motivation and Opportunity},
  author={Nils B. Weidmann},
  journal={Journal of Conflict Resolution},
  pages={526 - 543}
The literature suggests that geographically concentrated groups face a higher likelihood of conflict. While this finding seems to be commonly accepted, there is no clear consensus that explains why this is the case. Two competing mechanisms have been proposed: first, a motivation-driven mechanism, where the existence of a well-defined group territory makes the group more likely to fight for it; and second, an opportunity-driven link, where concentration facilitates group coordination for… 

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