Wars, Guns, and Votes
Democracy in Dangerous PlacesBook - 2009
An Oxford economist investigates violence and poverty in developing countries to argue that a spread of elections and peace settlements may lead to a better, democratic world but shares a cautionary warning about the prevalence of ethnic divisions, policy failures, and pre-emptive military interventions. 30,000 first printing.
“Collier has made a substantial contribution to current discussions. His evidence-based approach is a worthwhile corrective to the assumptions about democracy that too often tend to dominate when Western policy makers talk about the bottom billion.” —The New York Times Book Review
“Before President Obama makes a move he would do well to read Professor Paul Collier’s Wars, Guns, and Votes. . . Unlike many academics Collier comes up with very concrete proposals and some ingenious solutions.” — The Times (London)
In Wars, Guns, and Votes, esteemed author Paul Collier offers a groundbreaking, radical look at the world’s most violent, corrupt societies, how they got that way, and what can be done to break the cycle. George Soros calls Paul Collier “one of the most original minds in the world today,” and Wars, Guns, and Votes, like Collier’s previous award-winning book The Bottom Billion, is essential reading for anyone interested in current events, war, poverty, economics, or international business.
Collier (economics, Oxford U.) investigates the relationship between violence and poverty in developing nations around the world, and finds that free elections and peace settlements are effective solutions for the prevention of civil wars, military coups and economic crises. Written for general readers, this book provides case studies from countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America to show how democracy can be defeated through preemptive military intervention, corruption and even foreign policy failures from developed countries such as the United States. The author provides a series of recommendations for dissolving this relationship through foreign aid, diplomacy and a spare yet judicious show of force. Annotation ©2009 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Investigates violence and poverty in developing countries to argue that the spread of elections and peace settlements may lead to a better, democratic world but shares a cautionary warning about the prevalence of ethnic divisions and policy failures.