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The Political Economy of Rural-Urban Conflict: Predation, Production, and Peripheries

Topher L. McDougal


In some cases of insurgency, the combat frontier is contested and erratic, as rebels target cities as their economic prey. In other cases, it is tidy and stable, seemingly representing an equilibrium in which cities are effectively protected from violent non-state actors. What factors account for these differences in the interface urban-based states and rural-based challengers? To explore this question, this book examines two regions representing two dramatically different outcomes. In West Africa (Liberia and Sierra Leone), capital cities became economic targets for rebels, who posed dire thr ... More

Keywords: conflict, violence, insurgency, trade, rural, urban, predation, production, core, periphery

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780198792598
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2017 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198792598.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Topher L. McDougal, author
Associate Professor of Economic Development & Peacebuilding, Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies, University of San Diego