The Political Economy of Rural-Urban Conflict: Predation, Production, and Peripheries by Topher L. McDougalThe Political Economy of Rural-Urban Conflict: Predation, Production, and Peripheries by Topher L. McDougal

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

byTopher L. McDougal

Hardcover | May 20, 2017

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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 accountfor these differences in the interface between urban-based states and rural-based challengers? To explore this question, this volume 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 threats to the survival of the state. In Maoist India, despite an insurgent ideology aiming to overthrow the state via a strategy of progressive city capture, the combat frontier effectively firewalls cities from Maoist violence.This book argues that trade networks underpinning the economic relationship between rural and urban areas - termed "interstitial economies" - may differ dramatically in their impact on (and response to) the combat frontier. It explains rebel predatory tendencies towards cities as a function oftransport networks allowing monopoly profits to be made by urban-based traders. It explains combat frontier delineation as a function of the social structure of the trade networks: hierarchical networks permit elite-elite bargains that cohere the frontier. These factors represent what might betermed respectively the "hardware" and "software" of the rural-urban economic relationship.Of interest to any student of political economy and violence, this book presents new arguments and insights about the relationships between violence and the economy, predation and production, core and periphery.
Topher McDougal is Associate Professor in Economic Development and Peacebuilding at the Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies at the University of San Diego. He is also Research Affiliate at the Centre on Conflict, Development, and Peacebuilding (CCDP) at the Graduate Institute for International and Development Studies and a Principal o...
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Title:The Political Economy of Rural-Urban Conflict: Predation, Production, and PeripheriesFormat:HardcoverDimensions:256 pagesPublished:May 20, 2017Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction2. Production and Predation3. How Production Networks Adapted to Civil War in Liberia4. Stateless State-Led Industrialization5. Trade Network Splintering and Ethnic Homogenization in Liberia and Sierra Leone6. Multipolar Trade and Rural-Urban Violence in Maoist India7. Trade Networks and the Management of the Combat Frontier8. Interstitial Economies9. Into an Urban WorldAppendix A: Supply-chain management in a predatory environmentAppendix B: Multiplication of trade routesAppendix C: Methodology and regression tables for Chapter 5Appendix D: Technical details of Chapter 6Derivation of select variablesRegression tables