Order, Conflict, and Violence

Stathis N. Kalyvas, Ian Shapiro and Tarek Masoud, editors. Cambridge University Press, 2008

There might appear to be little that binds the study of order and the study of violence and conflict. Bloodshed in its multiple forms is often seen as something separate from and unrelated to the domains of ‘normal’ politics that constitute what we think of as order. But violence is used to create order, to maintain it, and to uphold it in the face of challenges. This volume demonstrates the myriad ways in which order and violence are inextricably intertwined. The chapters embrace such varied disciplines as political science, economics, history, sociology, philosophy, and law; employ different methodologies, from game theory to statistical modeling to in-depth historical narrative to anthropological ethnography; and focus on different units of analysis and levels of aggregation, from the state to the individual, to the world system. All are essential reading for anyone who seeks to understand current trends in global conflict.

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1. Stathis N. Kalyvas, Ian Shapiro and Tarek Masoud, Integrating the Study of Order, Conflict, and Violence

Part I. Creating, Maintaining, and Restoring Order

2. Robert H. Bates, Probing the Sources of Political Order

3. Michael Hechter and Nika Kabiri, Attaining Social Order in Iraq

4. Lucy Chester, Factors Impeding the Effectiveness of Partition in South Asia and the Palestine Mandate

5. Robert J. Sampson and Per-Olof H. Wikström, The Social Order of Violence in Chicago and Stockholm Neighborhoods: A Comparative Inquiry

6. Karma Nabulsi, Traditions of Justice in War: The Modern Debate in Historical Perspective

7. Courtney Jung, Ellen Lust-Okar and Ian Shapiro, Problems and Prospects for Democratic Settlements: South Africa as a Model for the Middle East and Northern Ireland?

Part II. Challenging, Transforming, and Destroying Order

8. Carles Boix, Civil wars and Guerilla Warfare in the Contemporary World: Toward a Joint Theory of Motivations and Opportunities

9. Francisco Gutiérrez Sanín, Clausewitz Vindicated? Economics and Politics in the Colombian War

10. Lars-Erik Cederman, Articulating the Geo-cultural Logic of Nationalist Insurgency

11. Steven I. Wilkinson, Which Group Identities Lead to Most Violence? Evidence from India

12. Scott Straus, Order in Disorder: A Micro-comparative Study of Genocidal Dynamics in Rwanda

13. Elisabeth Jean Wood, Sexual Violence During War: Toward an Understanding of Variation

14. Isabel V. Hull, ‘Military Necessity’ and the Laws of War in Imperial Germany

15. Jack L. Snyder and Leslie Vinjamuri, Preconditions of International Normative Change: Implications for Order and Violence

16. Stathis N. Kalyvas, Promises and Pitfalls of an Emerging Research Program: The Microdynamics of Civil War