Wars, Guns, and Votes: Democracy in Dangerous Places (Google eBook)

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HarperCollins, Oct 6, 2009 - Political Science - 272 pages
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In Wars, Guns, and Votes, Paul Collier investigates the violence and poverty in the small, remote countries at the lowest level of the global economy and argues that the spread of elections and peace settlements may lead to a brave new democratic world. For now and into the foreseeable future, however, nasty and long civil wars, military coups, and failing economies are the order of the day.

An esteemed economist and a foremost authority on developing countries, Collier gives an eye-opening assessment of the ethnic divisions and insecurities in the developing countries of Africa, Latin America, and Asia, where corruption is often firmly rooted in the body politic, and persuasively outlines what must be done to bring peace and stability. Groundbreaking and provocative, Wars, Guns, and Votes is a passionate and convincing argument for the peaceful development of the most volatile places on earth.

  

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Review: Wars, Guns, and Votes: Democracy in Dangerous Places

User Review  - Ben - Goodreads

Collier's research is incredibly interesting and I wish he would take the time to cite more directly. His conclusions, however, literally couldn't be more colonial. Read full review

Review: Wars, Guns, and Votes: Democracy in Dangerous Places

User Review  - Доротея Ан - Goodreads

Electoral process means democracy? And if not, what means democracy whatsoever? Paul Collier tries to address such questions, and even when he fails sometimes to do so, he does make a point -at least, he motivates us to search more. Worthy a read. Read full review

Contents

Democracy in Dangerous Places
1
Denying Reality Democrazy
13
Facing Reality Nasty Brutish and Long
101
Changing Reality Accountability and Security
167
State Building and Nation Building
169
Better Dead Than Fed?
189
On Changing Reality
229
Acknowledgments
235
The Bottom Billion
239
Research on Which This Book Is Based
241
Index
245
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About the author (2009)

Paul Collier is a professor of economics at Oxford University. He is the author of The Bottom Billion, which won the Lionel Gelber Prize and the Arthur Ross Book Award of the Council on Foreign Relations. He lives in Oxford, England.

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