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UNICEF Social Inclusion, Policy and Budgeting

Crisis Prevention: Tackling Horizontal Inequalities

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AUTHOR Frances Stewart
ORGANIZATION Oxford Development Studies
TYPE Working Paper
DATE 2000
TOPIC Child poverty and disparities

This paper analyses the economic and social causes of conflict, drawing conclusions for conflict prevention. Civil wars normally occur when groups mobilize against each other, on the basis of some cultural characteristic like ethnicity or religion. It is suggested that horizontal inequalities, i.e., inequalitites among groupf in political, economic and social dimensions, provide the basis for inter-group animosity. Policies to limit excessive horizontal inequalities are needed in all vulnerable countries.        

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