Environment, Scarcity, and Violence

ISBN-10: 0691089795

ISBN-13: 9780691089799

Edition: 1999

Authors: Thomas F. Homer-Dixon

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The Earth's population is expected to pass eight billion by 2025 while rapid growth in the global economy will spur increasing demand for natural resources. The author argues environmental scarcities will have a profound social consequences.
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Book details

List price: $45.00
Copyright year: 1999
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication date: 7/22/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 272
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.880
Language: English

List of Figures
List of Tables
Acknowledgments
Abbreviations
Introduction
Aim and Structure of the Book
Key Research Concepts, Methods, and Goals
Overview
The Critical Role of Environmental Resources
Sources of Environmental Scarcity
The Importance of Context
Pivotal Countries
Ingenuity and Adaptation
Two Centuries of Debate
Neo-Malthusians versus Economic Optimists
The Distributionist Alternative
Thresholds, Interdependence, and Interactivity
Social Friction and Adaptive Failure
How to Read a Systems Diagram
Environmental Scarcity
Three Sources of Scarcity
Factors Producing Scarcity
The Physical Trends of Global Change
Interactions and Social Effects
Interactions
Social Effects
The Causal Role of Environmental Scarcity
Ingenuity and Adaptation
The Nature and Role of Ingenuity
Some Factors Increasing the Requriement for Ingenuity
Some Factors Limiting the Supply of Ingenuity
Conclusions
Can Poor Countries Attain Endogenous Growth?
Violence
Types of Violent Conflict
Four Further Cases
Urban Growth and Violence
Implications for International Security
Hypothesis Testing and Case Selection
Conclusions
Notes
General Readings on Environmental Security
Index
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