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Unpublished Paper
A Theory of Conflict As A Function of State Power: Cases Illustrating An Evolutionary Process
VMI Economics Working Paper Series (2010)
  • Atin Basu Choudhary, Virginia Military Institute
  • Jim J. Hentz, Virginia Military Institute
  • Laura Razzolini, Virginia Commonwealth University
Abstract

In this paper we develop a simple evolutionary model that analyzes the role of state power in the spread of conflict. We suggest that while strong states may exacerbate conflict by reducing cooperation among rebels, weak states may have the same effect because rebels may not actually care about the capture of state power. We illustrate this model with the cases of Rwanda and the Congo.

Keywords
  • Conflict,
  • Africa,
  • weak state,
  • strong state,
  • state power,
  • rebels,
  • evolution.
Publication Date
Fall October 7, 2010
Citation Information
Atin Basu Choudhary, Jim J. Hentz and Laura Razzolini. "A Theory of Conflict As A Function of State Power: Cases Illustrating An Evolutionary Process" VMI Economics Working Paper Series (2010)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/atinbasu/17/