Inequality and Armed Conflict: Evidence and Policy Recommendations

PRIO Policy Brief

Bahgat, Karim; Gray Barrett; Kendra Dupuy; Scott Gates; Solveig Hillesund; Håvard Mokleiv Nygård; Siri Aas Rustad; Håvard Strand; Henrik Urdal & Gudrun Østby (2017) Inequality and Armed Conflict: Evidence and Policy Recommendations, Conflict Trends, 1. Oslo: PRIO.

​Research shows that the onset and recurrence of armed conflict is likely where high inter-group inequalities exist. Groups that have strong shared identities, a collective perception of ill treatment, and opportunities to take up arms are likely to use violence to rectify existing inequalities. Policy makers can take concrete steps to reduce group-level inequalities through measures that share political and economic power between groups, ensure the fair distribution of public goods and services, and recognize cultural identities.

Authors

Karim Bahgat

Karim Bahgat

Research Assistant

Gray Barrett

Gray Barrett

Intern

Kendra Dupuy

Kendra Dupuy

Senior Researcher; Desk Editor, Journal of Peace Research

Scott Gates

Scott Gates

Research Professor. Editor, International Area Studies Review

Solveig Hillesund

Solveig Hillesund

Researcher

Håvard Mokleiv Nygård

Håvard Mokleiv Nygård

Research Director, Senior Researcher, Managing Editor

Siri Aas Rustad

Siri Aas Rustad

Senior Researcher

Håvard Strand

Håvard Strand

Senior Researcher

Henrik Urdal

Henrik Urdal

Director

Gudrun Østby

Gudrun Østby

Senior Researcher, Editor - Journal of Peace Research

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