Wars, Guns, and Votes: Democracy in Dangerous Places
Wars, Guns, and Votes, Paul Collier investigates the violence and poverty in the small, remote countries at the lowest level of the world economy. An esteemed economist and a foremost authority on developing countries, Collier argues that the spread of elections and peace settlements in the world's most dangerous countries may lead to a brave new democratic world. In the...more
Amy Chua and Paul Collier share some penetrating insights into the problems associated with the spread of democracy since the early 1990s in their respective works, ‘World on Fire’ and ‘War, Guns and Votes’. At the forefront of their analyses is the con ...more
Wars, Guns and Votes is a lucidly written analysis of the effects and causes of democracy and good governance in the poorest countries of the world, whose inhabitants Collier describes in a previous book as "the bottom billion". Collier's findings are disturbing and provocative, but based on good hard research. He states that:
1. democratic poor countries are more at risk of violence than non-democratic poor countries (for rich countries, the opposite is ...more
Some of it is outdated though, due to the current terrorist threat, different from civil wars, coups, etc. due to which LDC governments are increasing their security and army expenditures, often supported by donors.
The book has been successful in stirring up interesting blog post reviews, which I think do a good job explaining the good and the bad about the book:
1) Bill Easterly ...more
In order to justify his case of ethnic political crisis using Nigeria as case study, the writer made mistake or twisted deliberately the Patricia Etteh money laundering scandal. Here is the anecdote: Patricia Etteh the house speaker was reported to have spent over 600 million ...more
Africa is made up of many tribes and to instill ethnicity and bais in the hearts of those people create ...more
Lastly, he presents his own solution that seems highly immature and impractical with the underlying assumption that everything will work out in the end if institutions can work. His "easy" solution could ...more
There are some irritations. Collier occasionally leaps to positions based on his belief in growth and not entirely substantiated b ...more
This focuses on how policies could be enacted to improve stability and accountability in the poorest countries. There are many interesting findings that make this work worth reading, including that democracy is actually negatively ...more
But if you are interested even remotely in this then pick it up. And pick it up yesterday. This book is a must have for those who wish to go into the field, and I feel that it may already be a text book for some classes.
Even though he sticks mainly wi ...more
The explanation and analysis Mr Collier provides of the problems with democracy and accountability in the poorest countries is interesting and depressing albeit not terribly surprising. He dispassionately uses statistics to try to establish the common factors around civil wars and coups, with mildly depressing results.
His conclusions are interesting, but I'm not convinced by how practical his suggested solutions a ...more