One of a series of 13 briefs exploring the strengths and weaknesses of
the policies advocated in Paul Collier's controversial and influential
book 'The Bottom Billion'.
Are civil wars caused by real grievances or by greed and the opportunity
to profit? Paul Collier's assertion of the greed hypothesis, restated
in The Bottom Billion, has generated impassioned denunciations, based on
the many case studies attributing civil wars and rebellions to abuses,
inequalities and injustices. This In Focus brief examines the role that
these grievances play in conflict and highlights the work of a range of
authors. It also explores how state weakness is a major contributor to
civil war, and assesses the merits and shortcomings of Collier's
contribution to the contentious conflict debate.
IDS In Focus Issue 3.7, Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex, Brighton, UK, 4 pp.
Sources of Rebellion in Bottom Billion Countries