Why Do States Build Walls? Political Economy, Security, and Border Stability

  title={Why Do States Build Walls? Political Economy, Security, and Border Stability},
  author={David B. Carter and Paul Poast},
  journal={Journal of Conflict Resolution},
  pages={239 - 270}
Borders constitute the international system of states. Accordingly, states will, from time to time, take assertive measures to secure the border, with among the most aggressive strategies being the construction of physical barriers, which we refer to as “border walls.” Using original data on man-made border wall construction from 1800 to 2014, we theorize and find that in many cases, wall construction is about economic security. Significant economic disparities between the states will create… Expand

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