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Genocide: Perspectives from the Social Sciences


  • Charles Anderton

    () (Department of Economics, College of the Holy Cross)


This article surveys risk factors for genocide and genocide prevention from the perspectives of four social science disciplines: sociology, social psychology, political science, and economics. Each discipline brings a valuable set of concepts and tools to bear in genocide research. Moreover, fruitful multi- and inter-disciplinary collaboration across the four disciplines (and other fields) is shedding new insights into why genocide has have been such a recurring tragedy in human affairs and how such atrocities can be prevented.

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  • Charles Anderton, 2015. "Genocide: Perspectives from the Social Sciences," Working Papers 1508, College of the Holy Cross, Department of Economics.
  • Handle: RePEc:hcx:wpaper:1508

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    1. Charles H. Anderton & Jurgen Brauer, 2019. "Mass Atrocities and their Prevention," HiCN Working Papers 290, Households in Conflict Network.
    2. Anderton Charles H. & Carter John R., 2015. "A New Look at Weak State Conditions and Genocide Risk," Peace Economics, Peace Science, and Public Policy, De Gruyter, vol. 21(1), pages 1-36, January.
    3. Charles Anderton, 2014. "A research agenda for the economic study of genocide: signposts from the field of conflict economics," Working Papers 1413, College of the Holy Cross, Department of Economics.
    4. Kamen Kamenov, 2011. "Some Aspects of the Behaviour of Informal Economy," Economic Thought journal, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences - Economic Research Institute, issue 1, pages 3-23.
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    genocide; mass killing; genocide prevention; behavioral experiments; loss aversion; psychic numbing;

    JEL classification:

    • A12 - General Economics and Teaching - - General Economics - - - Relation of Economics to Other Disciplines
    • D03 - Microeconomics - - General - - - Behavioral Microeconomics: Underlying Principles
    • H56 - Public Economics - - National Government Expenditures and Related Policies - - - National Security and War


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