Does inequality matter?

Recent scholarship has it that economic inequities and other sources of widespread grievances are too ubiquitous to be able to explain why armed conflict is a recurring phenomenon in some societies but very unlikely in others. In a new journal article, we show that such claims are mistaken, in part due to poor theory and data that fail to acknowledge the significance of economic marginalization or political exclusion that overlap with key social cleavages in society. A more elaborate discussion of the importance of such horizontal inequalities is provided in our recent book.

Buhaug, Halvard, Lars-Erik Cederman, and Kristian Skrede Gleditsch. 2014. Square Pegs in Round Holes: Inequalities, Grievances, and Civil War. International Studies Quarterly 58(2): 418–431.  [open access]

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