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Guns and Butter: The Economic Causes and Consequences of Conflict

Gregory D. Hess


This book examines the causes and consequences of war from a political economy perspective, taking as its premise that a consideration of the incentives and constraints faced by individuals and groups is paramount in understanding conflict decision making. The contributors—economists and political scientists—believe that this perspective offers deeper insights into war and peace choices than the standard state-centric approach. The chapters offer both theoretical and empirical support for the political economy perspective on conflict. Several broad themes cut across the chapters: war as an equ ... More

Keywords: war, political economy, conflict decision making, peace choices, equilibrium phenomenon, exogenous process, politics, economics, institutions, conflicts

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Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780262012812
Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013 DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262012812.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Gregory D. Hess, editor

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I Theories of Wars between Nations and Insecurity

1 Paths to Peace and Prosperity

Bruce Bueno de Mesquita

3 Globalization and Insecurity: Reviewing Some Basic Issues

Michelle R. Garfinkel, Stergios Skaperdas, and Constantinos Syropoulos

II Terrorism

6 The Factionalization of Terror Groups

Ethan Bueno de Mesquita

III The Costs of Warfare

8 War in Iraq versus Containment

Steven J. Davis, Kevin M. Murphy, and Robert H. Topel

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