Riots, Coups and Civil War: Revisiting the Greed and Grievance Debate

  title={Riots, Coups and Civil War: Revisiting the Greed and Grievance Debate},
  author={Cristina Bodea and Ibrahim A. Elbadawi},
  journal={World Bank Policy Research Working Paper Series},
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