Square Pegs in Round Holes: Inequalities, Grievances, and Civil War

  title={Square Pegs in Round Holes: Inequalities, Grievances, and Civil War},
  author={Halvard Buhaug and Lars-Erik Cederman and Kristian Skrede Gleditsch},
  journal={Global Business Issues eJournal},
Much of the recent research on civil war treats explanations rooted in political and economic grievances with considerable suspicion and claims that there is little empirical evidence of any relationship between ethnicity or inequality and political violence. We argue that common indicators used in previous research, such as the ethno-linguistic fractionalization (ELF) and the Gini coefficient for income dispersion, fail to capture fundamental aspects of political exclusion and economic… Expand
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