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Colombia: Globalisation, Economic Growth and Civil War

  • David Maher
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Part of the Rethinking Political Violence book series (RPV)

Abstract

This chapter provides an in-depth case study of civil war and economic development in Colombia at the national level. The following paradox is investigated: during periods of endemic civil war violence, Colombia has exhibited strong economic growth and integration into the global economy. The evidence presented in this chapter suggests that, contrary to precluding economic development, Colombia’s civil war violence has facilitated economic growth. In particular, this chapter argues that violence perpetrated by Colombia’s military and right-wing paramilitary groups (often acting in concert) that is directed at both armed and unarmed groups has been conducive to economic growth and integration into the global economy. This includes widespread forced displacement and violence targeted at civilian groups such as trade unions and indigenous communities.

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