The Economics of Hate

The Economics of Hate

Samuel Cameron

This important and highly original book explores the application of economics to the subject of hate via such diverse topics as war, terrorism, road rage, witchcraft mania, marriage and divorce, and bullying and harassment.

Chapter 8: Is Conflict Resolution Theory Relevant?

Samuel Cameron

Subjects: economics and finance, economic psychology, public sector economics

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8. Is conflict resolution theory relevant? WHAT IS CONFLICT RESOLUTION SUPPOSED TO ACHIEVE? There is a large body of academic literature on the subject of conflict resolution, and it is also an area with many active practitioners. There are universities with centres for conflict resolution and there is a Journal of Conflict Resolution published regularly which even has occasional contributions from economists. There is even a University of Peace, established by the United Nations in 1980 in Costa Rica, and there are a few other Peace Universities. The home page of the University of Peace says (www. upeace.org) that it aims to promote ‘The central importance of education, training and research in all their aspects to build the foundations of peace and progress and to reduce the prejudice and hatred on which violence, conflict and terrorism are based is increasingly recognized.’ The online peace university courses at the Online Peace University (www. transcend.org) include the usual material on peacebuilding and transitions to peace, but also offer a course on peace mathematics which even includes catastrophe theory as mentioned previously in Chapter 4. There are other peace universities, such as the International Peace University, South Africa, founded from two Islamic colleges. There are also many academic journals on peace and conflict. Given all this, it is hard not to conclude that conflict can be attenuated by talking, reading and general dissemination of knowledge. It is easy to point to the deep-seated and never-ending...

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