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And so we tried to find something that would explain the allocation of peacekeeping troops but that was otherwise unrelated to the risk of conflict reversion. Could it have been something else associated with the French presence? I get that sense morning by morning as I walk to work wondering whether, during the previous evening, Pedro, or Anke, or Dominic, or Lisa, or Benedikt, or Marguerite has cracked whatever problem we had crashed into by the time I left for home. The other country has total sovereignty over all these matters. If you pay them money will they actually vote for you? The societies of the bottom billion are for the most part far more ethnically diverse than those of the high-income countries. Most of the differences in characteristics that I have used to construct easy-rebellion and difficult-rebellion countries could instead be interpreted in terms of motivation. Inflation is a tax that most people do not recognize as a tax. This seems to be a likely consequence of identity politics more generally. Again, I put myself in the situation of an old autocrat now having to retain power in a democracy. The selectariat will only dump the dictator if it is confident of retaining power, replacing him with one of their own. Identity is the basis of most voting in the bottom billion. Whether or not it was true at the time, it certainly is not true any longer. In the academic world you are never more than one demolishing article away from humiliation. We found that it was highly effective. By the early 1990s Houphouët-Boigny was well past any reasonable sell-by date: he was an old man who had been in power for more than thirty years. My guess is that there are multiple routes, such as jobs, education, hope, a sense of having something to lose, and more effective state security services, all of which contribute something. NATO is such a force providing mutual guarantees. To think concretely, and to take examples that occurred sufficiently recently not to be driving the results, in the early years of the new millennium both Angola and Sri Lanka made it to peace. Even if some governments are sufficiently farsighted to see some gains from such restraints, cooperation can usually be blocked by a few stubborn participants. Indeed, the report comparing economic performance that had been prepared for the meeting was not even presented, lest it cause embarrassment. We scratched our heads trying to think of a good observable proxy for the perception of an external threat. We chose Nigeria, where elections were due during the course of 2007. The one thing that seems to work quickly is international peacekeeping, but it is politically difficult to sustain peacekeeping for the length of time needed for the economy to recover. That is clearly a powerful incentive. Insurance sustained by loyalty helps everyone within the group and is not at the expense of other groups. Perhaps more potent than the lack of legitimacy is that a coup sets an example. So you can threaten them that if they vote they will suffer. Iraq started with an international invasion. The ideal scale is reached when a further increase in peacekeeping expenditure would generate additional benefits that just equal their cost: beyond that, expansion would be wasteful. By the time of our next effort, published in 2004, we were up to fifty-three civil wars and around 550 episodes during which a civil war could have occurred. We find something like this in the data. If prices double every month, as they did at one stage in Zaire and are doing at present in Zimbabwe, then effectively the state is imposing a monthly tax of 50 percent on all the cash that people are holding. To do this he needed a referendum. On Changing Reality 233 Is the challenge facing our generation greater or less than that? To keep the political deal in place the civil service continued to expand, exacerbating the collapse of the private economy. Review: Wars, Guns & Votes: Democracy in Dangerous Places by Paul CollierMisha Glenny salutes a scholar brave enough to tackle 'kumbaya' politics W hen Paul Collier, professor of … People specialized in violence forgo the chance to produce. Today, as I make my final revisions to the manuscript, the phrase has literally come true: President Mugabe has banned food aid to his starving country. Putting all this together, aid 114 WARS, GUNS, AND VOTES in post-conflict situations is currently a two-edged sword, restoring the economy but inadvertently inflating dangerous spending. In many societies presidents are more likely to lose power to their army than through any other route. Thrasybulus took Periander’s messenger into a field of corn and, as he talked, repeatedly and systematically snapped off the heads of all the tallest stems. The uncomfortable fact is that a large group of impoverished little countries remain structurally dangerous. African states are indeed currently cooperating to provide a degree of mutual scrutiny through the African Peer Review Mechanism. Because the typical country is so small, many of the externalities that are the basis for public goods cannot be internalized at that level because they spill over to the neighborhood. Politicians were bound to play the opportunistic antiimmigrant card. These are the people who could therefore potentially oust the dictator if he performs badly. Unfortunately for the societies of the bottom billion, it is. The story is similar for economic policy. It is the core ethnic groups that you want to keep out of business. The other possible explanation is that donor conditionality has imposed discipline on governments, forcing them into reform even if they did not want to do it. And then, as the next election approached, the chances of reform started to get worse again, year by year. If events in the Democratic Republic of the Congo ran to form, the year before the election would be remarkably peaceful, creating the impression that the society was now over the period of high risk. In the mature democracies our political leaders smile: they are desperate to ingratiate themselves with their masters, the voters. Quite manifestly, Africa no longer faces a military threat external to the region: all its threats are internal, either threats between neighbors or fears of rebellion. We found that ballot rigging favored the local incumbent party. Only if the insurer can see that you are trying your best does the insurance become feasible. He accepted the kind offer of Laurent Gbagbo, the sure loser, to run against him so as to legitimize his victory. One potentially important consideration is how rich the society is. This is not entirely fair to the colonial authorities that faced the task of turning a vast multitude of ethnic communities into manageable countries. So this form of warfare is more important as a driver of military spending in the bottom billion than is international warfare. The combination of modest military spending and high aid has left the tax burden quite light: often around 12 percent of GDP. India has a newspaper, The Economic Times, with a circulation of 1.2 million. Indeed in some it is set in concrete, as in America. Much the surest way of overcoming this problem would be to follow the earlier model of nation building: gradually erode ethnic identities and replace them with a national identity. So, while the appalling cost of the historical route is a good reason for hoping that there is a better alternative, it is not a good reason for thinking that there is one. Think back to the key policing roles of ethnicity: entry and exit from the obligations of the group. So confident have we been in asserting that democracy is the answer to political violence that it seems almost churlish to look at the evidence to test whether it is right. If average income can grow at 7 percent a year, which is entirely possible in post-conflict situations, then the level of income doubles in a decade, and so by the end of the decade risks are substantially lower. What was their record of electoral success? Historically, the entire concept of national sovereignty arose out of the catastrophe of the Thirty Years War, during which governments of rival religious allegiances fought it out to impose their pref- 222 WARS, GUNS, AND VOTES erences over each other’s territories. Perhaps your army can enforce penalties for attempting to escape: you are able to turn the inhabitants into serfs. Sadly, Abacha had died before being able to contest his planned election against himself. The level and growth of income are not the only aspects of the economy that matter for violence. It can, if it chooses, publicly declare that the government has breached the standards for conducting a democratic election and withdraw the commitment to put down a coup. Future civil wars will take the form of a government pitted against a private extralegal military grouping. Votes and Violence 17 At least three autocrats got caught this way, Suharto in East Timor, Kaunda in Zambia, and Mugabe in Zimbabwe. So precisely when a coup would be most justified, it is least likely to occur. For opposition parties there is at least a chance of power, and with the governing party mobilizing its supporters, even if victory is unlikely it is important to have a countermobilization of support, otherwise it will drain away. They are both based on judgments of a professional staff, a little like the process by which Standard and Poor’s assigns credit ratings to country debt. In a deal forced on him by the international community, his own government was dismissed and a neutral technocrat brought in as prime minister, a change described by some members of his government as a coup. Despite its evident importance as Africa’s largest society, there is amazingly little quantitative field research on Nigeria. How this strategy played out in the Democratic Republic of the Congo I will return to shortly. For many years donors hid behind the illusion that their money was financing specific projects to which it was ostensibly tied. But, having set the tax rate at the level that maximizes patronage money, the leader has to live with whatever level of scrutiny that opposition to taxation has provoked. The tax on cocoa had been disguised as a price stabilization scheme: the price was guaranteed, but at a level that had been below the world price. With our new data we duly tested whether oil was the real story: as far as we can see it isn’t. The statistics of the world post-1960 are supported by the deep historical evidence of the societies of early history. To give you a taste of the safeguards, we got rid of the Savimbi problem by restricting the analysis to the prediction of first-time civil wars. However, it might nevertheless be that all the election effect showed was a variant of the political business cycle. More specifically, because of the problems of legitimacy and incentives, it will need to come predominantly from that part of the international community in which governments are already subject to effective accountability. wars guns and votes democracy in dangerous places Oct 03, 2020 Posted By Ken Follett Public Library TEXT ID d494c0e7 Online PDF Ebook Epub Library in the meantime though wars guns votes democracy in dangerous places by paul collier book review wars Only if they are faced by a militarily weak government do they stand much chance of survival. I started with a rough-and-ready attempt. Bravely, in late 2007, he launched a prosecution against James Ibori, the key financial backer of President Obasanjo’s chosen successor. 201 international rules: as a nation it is already supplied with restraints on government; as a large state it can already supply its own security and a huge range of other public goods. As the inclusion of the responsibility to comply with arms embargoes demonstrates, the responsibilities extend broadly and are not polarized between the governments of the rich world and those of the bottom billion. If, within their own societies, none of the component governments is individually accountable, a club to provide accountability regionally faces two acute problems: legitimacy and incentives. This list was measured on data for around the millennium. Given the suddenness of the decolonization of Africa, which was basically over a decade after it had first been seriously contemplated, the closest analogy is with the decolonization of Roman Britain. The disaster unfolding before my eyes as I finish this book is Kenya. So what were the two opposing effects? Since the true purpose of this section is not to help worried presidents retain power, but to discuss how to curtail this form of political violence, I will start with the key issue. I had the results on post-conflict elections and on the efficacy of peacekeeping by the summer of 2006 and shared them with the appropriate parts of the international community. Somewhat to our surprise we got clear results: peacekeeping seems to work. In response to the coup attempt, Gbagbo deployed his militia of violent and disaffected youth against the army. There are two distinct reasons that these public goods should be supplied for the societies of the bottom billion internationally, rather 190 WARS, GUNS, AND VOTES than by their own national government. Whether he would have done so without Carter is an open question: reputedly he then went around the capitals of Africa advising presidents not to make his mistake. Those who regard the societies of the bottom billion as an irredeemable quagmire will be predisposed to regard the proposals in this book as costly idealism. APPENDIX: THE BOTTOM BILLION T he co u n tries o f th e bott o m billion are defined as low-income countries that were caught in one or other of four development traps. But blaming colonialism for civil war is a costly illusion because it detracts from the focus on its real causes, which are often things that can still be changed. Evidently, one reason elected office is more attractive to criminals than to the honest is that only the criminals will take advantage of the opportunities for corruption. Chapter Introduction Chapter Introductory Chapter Chapter, Tourism Mobilities His ability was recognized by ordinary Nigerians: in 2006 he had won the prestigious Silverbird Man-of-the-Year Award. The world had the decency to conform to the theorem: controlling for everything else, if the neighbors spent more, then so did the country itself. I recall in late 1999 speaking in Cote d’Ivoire at one of the surreal occasions that the development agencies love to sponsor: a conference on good governance. Take the recent collapse of accountability in Zimbabwe. Following their work I have tried to take the analysis a little further. Aid suddenly spiked from around 7 percent of income to more than 20 percent, and growth at last started to pick up. Only where forensic scrutiny of a budget system has already certified it as satisfactory should aid be provided as budget support. Why should some societies subject themselves to international rules if others won’t? Of course it matters. The opposite of luxuries is necessities. Mobutu did not amass a huge fortune; the revenues he grabbed from the Zairean state were used to buy loyalty from his enormous entourage. This was, however, a large enough group of countries, for a sufficiently long period, to be amenable to statistical analysis. And despite its greater wealth, Kenya made no effort to build national symbols such as Dodoma. The societies of the bottom billion, with their high diversity, were particularly ill suited to the socialism that until recently has been overwhelmingly their predominant ideology. This is the most despised form of aid, but it is often essential. Admittedly, those prosecutions were probably warranted, but you can still claim to be following their precedents. To be clear about this, the United Nations would not, in its own right, hold a share of sovereignty. The risk of conflict increases with population, but the relationship is much less than proportionate. In my example, a rapid-reaction force would be cost-effective if it could provide cover for three post-conflict situations. Whether aid leaks into military spending is an easy question to pose but a difficult one to answer. The baseline risk for a coup attempt in Africa is 4 percent per year. If you could insure yourself against a decline in income, why get up in the morning? We tested for this by investigating whether the post–Cold War period has had a significantly different incidence of the outbreak of civil war than we might otherwise expect. Yet the historical record is not encouraging. High spending is likely to be associated with a high risk even if in fact it reduces risk. Suspicions should be raised if an embargoed company’s stock price rises as a result of the embargo. The devaluation also launched an aid boom, essentially as a reward. The sense of common identity further eases the collective action of protest. They concluded from that analysis not that arms embargoes cannot work, but that there is a simple method of policing them more effectively. Such a model can be used to address a range of important questions, but here I will just give you this particular answer. 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