VIDEO: Ideas@IDRC: Dimpho Motsomai
Dimpho Motsomai asks what kind of ideas can be used to explain the reemergence of a certain type of conflict in modern day politics. Produced during the Development Ideas authors’ workshop, Ottawa 2011. ©IDRC/CRDI. (French transcript)

— Abstract

Conflict has economic consequences that are better understood through the political economy lens. Analyses of intrastate conflicts have focused on the links between resource scarcities, distributional inequities, and political marginalization. Major explanations for intrastate conflict include the modernization theories of the 1960s; the weak state postulates of the 1980s and 1990s; and the recent theorizing on natural resources and conflicts. These studies share key assumptions about the centrality of socioeconomic inequities, weak governance structures, and the availability of opportunities for groups to contest their grievances. Scholars also agree that institutions are vital in the attenuation, mediation, and mitigation of intrastate conflicts and have formulated institutional prescriptions to manage them. Although civil conflicts are ending in most parts of the world, multilateral approaches and initiatives remain critical in tackling new intrastate fissures and regionalized conflicts.

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— Suggested Readings

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