Elgar original reference
Edited by Christopher J. Coyne and Rachel L. Mathers
Christopher J. Coyne and Rachel L. Mathers 1.1 INTRODUCTION Political economy is an interdisciplinary approach that draws on concepts from economics, law, political science and sociology to understand how economic, legal, political and social systems influence each other and outcomes. In the broadest sense, the concept of war refers to organized violence between distinct social entities. The entities involved in war may refer to nation-states (inter-state war), distinct social groups within a given state (civil war or revolution) or third parties representing states or groups who choose not to engage in war directly (proxy war). The Handbook on the Political Economy of War applies the political economy approach to explore the various aspects of war. Our focus is broad and considers such issues as the causes of war, revolutions, post-war occupation and ways of avoiding war. By defining political economy and war in the broadest sense, the Handbook brings together a broad range of scholars with different backgrounds and expertise to address a wide range of topics. Scholars included in the Handbook come from a variety of disciplines, including economics, political science, sociology and policy studies, to name a few. The topics addressed by these scholars include, but are not limited to, an analysis of why wars begin, how wars are waged, what happens after war has ceased, and various alternatives to war, among other topics. In the chapters that follow, some of the leading researchers working on issues related to war and conflict have contributed an overview of the...