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Beyond Resource WarsScarcity, Environmental Degradation, and International Cooperation$
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Shlomi Dinar

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780262014977

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262014977.001.0001

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Responses to Alternative Forms of Mineral Scarcity: Conflict and Cooperation

Responses to Alternative Forms of Mineral Scarcity: Conflict and Cooperation

(p.239) 10 Responses to Alternative Forms of Mineral Scarcity: Conflict and Cooperation
Beyond Resource Wars

Deborah J. Shields

Slavko V. Šolar

The MIT Press

This chapter, which starts with a brief discussion on minerals, their historical use, and their current role in both human life and economic systems, mainly examines mineral scarcity, its major consequences, and the relationship between interstate conflict and cooperation. The exploration of alternative concepts of scarcity include physical, situational, political, and social scarcity, along with mineral conflicts, which take the discussion to the next level in the chapter. The concepts of intraindustry, international, and intergovernmental cooperation, and mutual benefit, are also been examined in the chapter. It is argued that mineral conflicts, the emergence of sustainable development, and real and perceived scarcity have played a major role in exploring the mineral policies.

Keywords:   economic systems, mineral scarcity, intraindustry, mineral conflicts

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