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Horizontal Inequalities and Conflict

Understanding Group Violence in Multiethnic Societies

  • Frances Stewart

Part of the Conflict, Inequality and Ethnicity book series (CoIE)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxi
  2. Concepts and Issues

  3. Measurement and Statistical Analysis

  4. Horizontal Inequalities and Conflict in Three Regions

  5. Conclusions and Policies

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 283-283
    2. Frances Stewart, Graham K. Brown, Arnim Langer
      Pages 301-325
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 326-364

About this book


Drawing on econometric evidence and in-depth studies of West Africa, Latin America and Southeast Asia, this book explores how horizontal inequalities - ethnic, religious or racial - are a source of violent conflict and how political, economic and cultural status inequalities have contributed. Policies to reverse inequality would reduce these risks.


conflict Developing Countries East Asia environment Group Violence political violence religion violence

Editors and affiliations

  • Frances Stewart
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of International DevelopmentOxford UniversityUK

About the editors

GRAHAM BROWN is Research Officer, Southeast Asia, the Centre for Research on Inequality, Human Security and Ethnicity (CRISE), University of Oxford, UK CORINNE CAUMARTIN is Research Officer, Latin America, CRISE, University of Oxford, UK MATTHEW GIBNEY is Reader in Forced Migration and Senior Researcher specializing in political theory, CRISE, University of Oxford, UK GEORGE GRAY MOLINA is the Cooridinator of the Bolivian Human Development Report at UNDP-Bolivia and partner researcher, CRISE, University of Oxford, UK ARNIM LANGER is Research Officer in Economics and Politics, West Africa, CRISE, University of Oxford, UK LUCA MANCINI is Research Officer in Applied Econometrics, CRISE, University of Oxford, UK GUDRUN ØSTBY is part-time Researcher at the International Peace Research Institute, Oslo (PRIO), Norway FRANCES STEWART is Professor of Development Economics and Director of CRISE, University of Oxford, UK ROSEMARY THORP is University Reader in the Economics of Latin America and Senior Researcher responsible for the Latin American Programme at CRISE, University of Oxford, UK

Bibliographic information


'This interdisciplinary volume provides a fresh look at a perennial problem: the role of economic inequality in producing intergroup conflict. Its wealth of insights from its distinguished authors will stimulate academic and policy debate for years to come.' - Donald L. Horowitz, James B. Duke Professor of Law and Political Science, Duke University, USA

'Innovative and insightful, this is a timely book now that both the disequalising forces of globalisation and internecine conflicts over resources have heightened ethnic and racial conflicts in many countries. This is not only an excellent academic text but also an accessible source for all engaged in peace building and conflict prevention.' - Thandika Mkandawire, Director, United Nations Research Institute for Social Development

'...high-quality, innovative empirical research...' - Journal of Peace Research