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The political demography of conflict in modern Africa

Green, Elliott D. (2012) The political demography of conflict in modern Africa. Civil Wars, 14 (4). pp. 477-498. ISSN 1369-8249

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Abstract

Sub-Saharan Africa has shifted from having a low population density and no population growth in the 19th century to an extremely high population growth today. I argue here that an important cause behind contemporary civil conflict has been this rapid demographic shift. Specifically, I show that low population densities in Africa historically contributed to communal land rights and the creation of large states. In the postcolonial era, however, these two variables have combined with high population growth rates, low levels of urbanization, and rural-rural migration flows to produce large amounts of 'sons of the soil' conflict over land. Evidence from contemporary civil wars in Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo supports my theory.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://www.tandfonline.com/toc/fciv20/current
Additional Information: © 2012 Taylor and Francis Group.
Library of Congress subject classification: J Political Science > JF Political institutions (General)
Sets: Departments > International Development
Rights: http://www.lse.ac.uk/library/usingTheLibrary/academicSupport/OA/depositYourResearch.aspx
Date Deposited: 04 Feb 2013 14:35
URL: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/48192/

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