EconPapers    
Economics at your fingertips  
 

Structural Stability: On the Prerequisites of Nonviolent Conflict Management

Andreas Mehler (), Ulf Engel, Lena Giesbert, Jenny Kuhlmann and Christian von Soest ()

No 75, GIGA Working Papers from GIGA German Institute of Global and Area Studies

Abstract: The concept of 'structural stability' has been gaining prominence in development policy circles. In the EU's and the OECD Development Assistance Committee's (OECD DAC) understanding, it describes the ability of societies to handle intra-societal conflict without resorting to violence. This study investigates the preconditions of structural stability and tests their mutual interconnections. Seven dimensions are analyzed: (1) long-term economic growth, (2) environmental security, (3) social equality, (4) governmental effectiveness, (5) democracy, (6) rule of law, and (7) inclusion of identity groups. The postulated mutual enhancement of the seven dimensions is plausible but cannot be proven. The most significant positive relationship appears between 'democracy' and 'rule of law', respectively, on the one hand and the dependent variable 'violence/ human security' on the other hand. This points to the usefulness of the political concept of structural stability to promote development policy agendas in this area at least. Applications that reach beyond these initial findings will, however, require further research.

Keywords: structural stability; violence; human security; development aid; conflict management; prerequisites of nonviolence (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: F35 O10 O22 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2008
References: View references in EconPapers View complete reference list from CitEc
Citations: Track citations by RSS feed

Downloads: (external link)
https://www.econstor.eu/bitstream/10419/47849/1/608727997.pdf (application/pdf)

Related works:
This item may be available elsewhere in EconPapers: Search for items with the same title.

Export reference: BibTeX RIS (EndNote, ProCite, RefMan) HTML/Text

Persistent link: https://EconPapers.repec.org/RePEc:zbw:gigawp:75

Access Statistics for this paper

More papers in GIGA Working Papers from GIGA German Institute of Global and Area Studies Contact information at EDIRC.
Bibliographic data for series maintained by ZBW - Leibniz Information Centre for Economics ().

 
Page updated 2023-11-08
Handle: RePEc:zbw:gigawp:75