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David Sogge  works as an independent researcher based in Amsterdam, where he is affiliated with the Transnational Institute. Formally educated at Harvard, Princeton and the Institute of Social Studies, he has worked since 1970 in the foreign aid industry. He has published books and articles...
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Inequalities and organised violence

David Sogge, 28 August 2013

According to recent research, Western policies on fragility and peacebuilding pay little attention to the “root causes” of destructive conflict. It is broadly evident that sociopolitical inequalities are among these root causes. Understanding how inequalities drive organised violence and are in turn driven by it can help inform policies for peace.

This policy brief sketches some issues and recent research findings on this topic. It focuses on inequalities among social groups as major sources of risk; the distribution of material goods, power and status as preconditions of organised violence; the dynamics of organised violence stemming from inequalities; the risks of organised violence as a consequence of inequality, and vice versa; and lines of approach open to outside agencies, including knowledge gaps that they can help fill.

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