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Crisis Prevention: Tackling Horizontal Inequalities

  • Frances Stewart

This paper analyses the economic and social causes of conflict, drawing conclusions for conflict prevention. Civil wars normally occur when groups mobilize against each other, on the basis of some cultural characteristic like ethnicity or religion. It is suggested that horizontal inequalities, i.e. inequalities among groups in political, economic and social dimensions, provide the basis for inter-group animosity. Policies to limit excessive horizontal inequalities are needed in all vulnerable countries.

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Article provided by Taylor & Francis Journals in its journal Oxford Development Studies.

Volume (Year): 28 (2000)
Issue (Month): 3 ()
Pages: 245-262

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  1. David Turton, 1997. "War and ethnicity: Global connections and local violence in North East Africa and former Yugoslavia," Oxford Development Studies, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 25(1), pages 77-94.
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