Entrepreneurial Pathways to Peacemaking

48 Pages Posted: 3 Feb 2023 Last revised: 31 May 2023

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Christopher J. Coyne

George Mason University - Department of Economics

Michael Romero

George Mason University - Department of Economics

Virgil Henry Storr

George Mason University - Department of Economics; George Mason University - Mercatus Center; University of Arizona Center for the Philosophy of Freedom

Date Written: February 3, 2023

Abstract

Violent conflict is a global phenomenon with devastating costs to individuals and their communities. Government experts and policymakers have responded with efforts to reduce violence and make peace. Such efforts are often implemented from the top-down, however, and are consequently limited in their peacemaking capacities. Top-down peacemaking is limited because it is typically done by community outsiders who simply lack the knowledge and capabilities to systematically plan and make peace in diverse societies throughout the world. We discuss a bottom-up alternative to peacemaking grounded in entrepreneurship. We argue that entrepreneurs make peace by (a) offering individuals a peaceful means to acquire the things they desire, (b) establishing commercial links across (social and geographic) distances, and, in so doing, (c) helping to cultivate habits of peacefulness.

Keywords: Peace, conflict, peacemaking, peacebuilding, entrepreneurship

Suggested Citation

Coyne, Christopher J. and Romero, Michael and Storr, Virgil Henry and Storr, Virgil Henry, Entrepreneurial Pathways to Peacemaking (February 3, 2023). GMU Working Paper in Economics No. 23-09, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=4346460 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.4346460

Christopher J. Coyne (Contact Author)

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Michael Romero

George Mason University - Department of Economics ( email )

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Virgil Henry Storr

George Mason University - Department of Economics ( email )

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University of Arizona Center for the Philosophy of Freedom ( email )

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