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How Can We Prevent Violence Becoming a Viable Political Strategy?

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  • Patricia Justino

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    (Institute of Development Studies)

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A basic issue that conflict analysis investigates is how non-peaceful ways of living and governing become viable political strategies. Macro-level studies provide some important insights but micro-level analysis is vital to understand the mechanisms that make violence possible. This briefing outlines some preliminary findings in this respect from MICROCON, a major research programme analysing violent conflict at the micro level. It also discusses their implications for policies aimed at preventing the (re-)eruption of violent confl icts. An important overall insight is the variety and combination of motives involved in each case. Given this complexity, policy strategies need to be based on a micro-level appreciation of people's strategies for coping with vulnerabilities to both poverty and violence.

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Paper provided by MICROCON - A Micro Level Analysis of Violent Conflict in its series Policy Briefings with number 5.

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Length: 4 pages
Date of creation: 2009
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Handle: RePEc:mcn:polbrf:5

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Keywords: Violent Conflict; peace building;

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