The Bottom Billion: Why the Poorest Countries are Failing and What Can Be Done About It 1st Edition

Poverty, Threats

The Bottom Billion: Why the Poorest Countries are Failing and What Can Be Done About It 1st Edition

In the universally acclaimed and award-winning The Bottom Billion, Paul Collier reveals that fifty failed states–home to the poorest one billion people on Earth–pose the central challenge of the developing world in the twenty-first century. The book shines much-needed light on this group of small nations, largely unnoticed by the industrialized West, that are dropping further and further behind the majority of the world’s people, often falling into an absolute decline in living standards.

A struggle rages within each of these nations between reformers and corrupt leaders–and the corrupt are winning. Collier analyzes the causes of failure, pointing to a set of traps that ensnare these countries, including civil war, a dependence on the extraction and export of natural resources, and bad governance.

Read More

 

Understanding Civil War: Evidence and Analysis, Vol. 1–Africa

Civil War, Threats

Understanding Civil War: Evidence and Analysis, Vol. 1–Africa

The two volumes of ‘Understanding Civil War’ build upon the World Bank’s prior research on conflict and violence, particularly on the work of Paul Collier and Anke Hoeffler, whose model of civil war onset has sparked much discussion on the relationship between conflict and development in what came to be known as the ‘greed’ versus ‘grievance’ debate.

The authors systematically apply the Collier-Hoeffler model to 15 countries in 6 different regions of the world, using a comparative case study methodology to revise and expand upon economic models of civil war.

Read More

 

Understanding Civil War: Evidence and Analysis, Vol. 2–Europe, Central Asia, and Other Regions

Civil War, Threats

Understanding Civil War: Evidence and Analysis, Vol. 2–Europe, Central Asia, and Other Regions

The two volumes of ‘Understanding Civil War’ build upon the World Bank’s prior research on conflict and violence, particularly on the work of Paul Collier and Anke Hoeffler, whose model of civil war onset has sparked much discussion on the relationship between conflict and development in what came to be known as the ‘greed’ versus ‘grievance’ debate.

Read More