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Resources, conflict and governance: a critical review of the evidence

Cuvelier, Jeroen, Vlassenroot, Koen and Olin, Nathaniel (2013) Resources, conflict and governance: a critical review of the evidence. . Justice and Security Research Programme, International Development Department, London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK.

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What are the links between natural resources and violent conflict? How do formal, informal, and ‘hybrid’ governance arrangements shape those links? What is the impact on the position of conflict-affected populations of these arrangements? This paper conducts a systematic review of the evidence base of peer-reviewed and ‘grey’ literature on resource governance in conflict-affected areas. It finds limited consensus on how to approach and conceptualise resource-related issues in conflict-affected areas. Many of the existing theories rely on normative assumptions and lack empirical support. Three areas are highlighted as demanding further research: hybrid resource governance, rebel resource governance, and the position and strategies of conflict-affected populations. This paper forms part of a series of systematic evidence reviews undertaken as a foundation for the Justice and Security Research Programme.

Item Type: Monograph (Working Paper)
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Additional Information: © 2013 The Authors
Divisions: International Development
Justice and Security Research Programme
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GF Human ecology. Anthropogeography
J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
J Political Science > JZ International relations
Date Deposited: 01 Apr 2014 09:58
Last Modified: 08 Dec 2020 01:04
Projects: Justice and Security Research Programme (JSRP)
Funders: UK aid, UK Government

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