The Micro-Foundations of Social Contracts, Civil Conflicts and International Peace-Making
Inter-American Development Bank (IDB)
Syed Mansoob Murshed
Institute of Social Studies (ISS)
August 6, 2008
MICROCON Research Working Paper No. 8
This paper explores the micro-foundations of conflict generation and persistence within the traditional greed and grievance non-cooperative set up between a government and a rebel group. We expand the traditional model in various ways. First, we allow for the reaction curves of both parties in non-cooperative games to be substitutes and not inevitably complementary, so a peaceful strategy from a group may be followed by a belligerent upsurge from the other. Second, we also allow for diasporas' transfers to rebel groups, thus generating a trade-off between the gains associated with peace and war among rebels. Third, we expand external aid in the form of fungible financing of government transfers 'buying' peace by allowing for mechanisms that induce behavioural change towards peace in a cooperative model of principal-agent well-intended (Nordic-like) donors. These extensions provide a better understanding of conflict persistence, the consequences of competing international aid and why sub-optimal sanctions provision ('cheap talk') by the international community are frequent.
Keywords: Civil war, Social Contract, Aid for Peace
JEL Classification: C78, D72, D74, D83working papers series
Date posted: August 21, 2008
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