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Type Journal Article - International Studies Quarterly
Title Regional inequalities and civil conflict in sub-Saharan Africa
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Volume 53
Issue 2
Publication (Day/Month/Year) 2009
Page numbers 301-324
URL http://www.prio.no/sptrans/1752692841/Regionalinequalitiesandcivilconflict.pdf
Abstract
The case study literature is ripe with examples of a positive association between inequality and civil war, but systematic country-level studies have largely failed to ?nd a signi?cant relationship. One reason for this discrepancy may be that large-N studies tend to ignore spatial variations in group welfare within countries, although civil wars often take place within limited areas. We address this gap in the literature by applying GIS operations to Demographic and Health Surveys to construct new disaggregated data on welfare and socioeconomic inequalities between and within subnational regions in 22 countries in Sub-Saharan Africa. These measures are coupled with geographical data on the location of con?ict zones for the period 1986–2004. We ?nd that con?ict onsets are more likely in regions with (1) low levels of education; (2) strong relative deprivation regarding household assets; (3) strong intraregional inequalities; and (4) combined presence of natural resources and relative deprivation.

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