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War and UnderdevelopmentVolume 1: The Economic and Social Consequences of Conflict$
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Frances Stewart and Valpy Fitzgerald

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9780199241866

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199241866.001.0001

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Introduction: Assessing the Economic Costs of War

Introduction: Assessing the Economic Costs of War

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(p.1) 1 Introduction: Assessing the Economic Costs of War
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War and Underdevelopment
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Frances Stewart

Valpy FitzGerald

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199241866.003.0001

War and its effects were not mentioned by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in the first Human Development Report in 1990 as a cause of failure in human development, despite the fact that the disruptions due to war were a major feature of at least half the worst performers on human development. Seven years later, the 1997 Human Development Report, devoted to analysing poverty, again failed to give any in-depth consideration to countries at war. This book attempts to make a start in overcoming this neglect. It is only concerned with major armed conflicts as distinct from localised social violence and organised crime. The book‧s concern is with civil wars, most of which involve significant foreign intervention. They are thus distinct from ‘traditional’ international or inter-state wars, where the power of the state is often increased as a result of war, and nationalism can contribute to greater domestic social trust and cohesion.

Keywords:   war, United Nations, Human Development Report, human development, armed conflicts, civil wars, power, state, nationalism

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