Warlord Competition

  title={Warlord Competition},
  author={Stergios Skaperdas},
  journal={Journal of Peace Research},
  pages={435 - 446}
  • S. Skaperdas
  • Published 1 July 2002
  • Economics
  • Journal of Peace Research
Warlords compete for turf that provides them with rents and `taxable' resources, but they can also offer a semblance of security within their respective territories. This article first examines two economic models of warlord competition. Because such competition takes place through the use of force or the threat of the use of force, more competition typically leads to lower material welfare as resources are wasted on unproductive arming and fighting. This is in contrast to ordinary economic… 

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