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A Model of Sectarian Violence

Ethnic Conflict, Civil War and Cost of Conflict

ISBN: 978-1-78052-130-5, eISBN: 978-1-78052-131-2

Publication date: 20 July 2011


Communal violence requires a prior existence of radicalism. The chapter shows that the degree of extremism of one group can increase or decrease in response to that of the other. Lootable wealth unambiguously raises radicalism. It is not the absolute level of income but the difference between peacetime income and that of conflict periods that determines the magnitude of radicalism.



Saber Mahmud, A. and Mansoob Murshed, S. (2011), "A Model of Sectarian Violence", Caruso, R. (Ed.) Ethnic Conflict, Civil War and Cost of Conflict (Contributions to Conflict Management, Peace Economics and Development, Vol. 17), Emerald Group Publishing Limited, Leeds, pp. 51-68.



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