Wars, Guns and Votes: Democracy in Dangerous Places

04 March 2010

Paul Collier

ISBN-10: 0099523515 ISBN-13: 978-0099523512 Vintage Books (UK) Harper Collins (USA)

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A timely, powerful and provocative study of the tensions between democracy and violence in the world's poorest countries, by one of the world's leading development economists. The world is in a mess. For more than a billion people, everyday life is played out against the backdrop of civil wars, military coups and failing economies. For them, the peaceful democracy taken for granted in the West seems an impossible pipe-dream. But solutions do exist – it is up to us to achieve them. Award-winning academic Paul Collier’s vision for the future of the developing world is eye-opening, provocative and refreshingly unequivocal.