How Environmental Scarcity Contributes to Conflict: Statistical and Case Studies, 1985-2000

Author: Stanton, Jr., Samuel S.
Year:2010
Pages:252
ISBN:0-7734-3868-8
978-0-7734-3868-2
Price:199.95
This work examines the effect of renewable natural resource scarcity on ethnic conflict. Determining how renewable natural resource scarcity affects ethnic conflict requires multiple levels of inquiry. First, is there a relationship between renewable natural resource scarcity and ethnic conflict? Second, if this relationship exists how do scarcities translate into ethnic conflict? Third, does the framework established have evidentiary support in particular cases that can be considered?

Reviews

“There are a few significant gaps in the literature that this book will help rectify. First, Stanton takes a clearer focus on the precise causal mechanisms that link various scarcities and ethnic conflict. He considers how scarcities are directed via repression, migration, mobilization, and separatism, and, in turn, how these are related to peaceful and violent dissent. This is a significant contribution to our understanding, as not all of these likely mechanisms actually channel the impact of scarcity into violence. – Prof. Stephen M. Saideman, McGill University

“The greatest contribution to the literature that the book makes, however, comes from Stanton’s theoretical insights. For instance, he surmises that resources, even when renewable, may not suffice in sustaining minorities at risk. Instead of focusing on political accommodation, as prior literature does, Stanton calls for the development of better ways of managing resource allocation. This well-written book is essential reading for those who aspire to reconcile the effects of environmental degradation upon the growing tensions that result from ethnic polarization. – Prof. Denis Rey, University of Tampa

Table of Contents

Foreword by Stephen M. Saideman, McGill University
Acknowledgements
List of Tables
List of Figures and Maps
Introduction
ENVIRONMENTAL SCARCITY AND ETHNIC CONFLICT
1. THEORIES OF ETHNIC CONFLICT
2. SCARCITY AND CONFLICT: A STATISTICAL ANALYSIS
3. MECHANISMS THAT MATTER
4. MECHANISMS AND CONFLICT BEHAVIOR
5. CASES OF LOW CONFLICT, CASES OF HIGH CONFLICT
6. CONCLUSIONS
Bibliography
Appendices
Index