Resource wars

Emma Gilberthorpe*, Elissaios Papyrakis

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Resource wars are violent conflicts that are the result of dedicated efforts to pursue and control valuable resources. Geographically-concentrated resources with a high value-to-weight ratio (as in the case of diamonds, precious metals or narcotics) are often associated with resource competition and warfare. Resource wars are particularly prevalent in countries characterised by extensive income and asset inequality from the trade of commercially valuable natural and mineral resources; weak governments and systems of governance; and fragmentation along ethnic, religious or social class lines.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Companion to Development Studies
EditorsEmil Dauncey, Vandana Desai, Robert B. Potter
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherTaylor and Francis AS
Number of pages4
ISBN (Electronic)9780429282348
ISBN (Print)9780367244231
Publication statusPublished - 28 May 2024

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© 2024 selection and editorial matter, Emil Dauncey, Vandana Desai and Robert B. Potter. All rights reserved.


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