Breaking the Conflict Trap: Civil War and Development Policy

Monograph

Sambanis, Nicholas; Marta Reynal-Querol; Lani Elliott; Anke Hoeffler; Paul Collier & Håvard Hegre (2003) Breaking the Conflict Trap: Civil War and Development Policy. New YorkNew Policy Research Report.

Civil wars attract much less attention than international wars but they are becoming increasingly common and typically go on for years. Where development succeeds, countries become progressively safer from violent conflict, making subsequent development easier. Where development fails countries can become trapped in a vicious circle: war wrecks the economy and increases the risk of further war.

This new World Bank Policy Research Report challenges the belief that civil wars are inevitable and proposes an agenda for global action. See also the World Bank page for the Civil War Project .

Oxford University Press

Authors

Paul Collier

Paul Collier

Professor, Department of Economics, University of Oxford

Håvard Hegre

Håvard Hegre

Research Professor