Peace economics in a changing world

Raymond Gilpin

Abstract


Even though the global economy continues to grow and technological advancements expand horizons, over half of the world’s population experiences profound want and fear on a daily basis. The global poor are predominantly found in countries that are underdeveloped and/or conflict-affected. Traditional economics has failed to provide an analytical framework that is both appropriate and transferrable, particularly in contexts where Westphalian assumptions of statehood do not hold true. Globalization, the rise of nonstate actors, and the existence of persistent low-intensity conflict have reconfigured the geostrategic landscape. By emphasizing the use of economic principles to promote peace through the design and implementation of strategies that foster efficiency and inclusion, peace economics could provide a viable framework for the development and security of fragile states and regions. This article examines the evolution of the discipline, analyzes potential challenges posed by fragile states, and proposes six recommendations for contemporary peace economists.

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Peace economics

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.15355/epsj.12.2.32

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