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Democracy, Development And Violence

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This chapter focuses on the interconnections between democracy, development and violence. In many ways, its scope goes beyond The Bottom Billion, which was written largely in 2005 and tells the story from the 1960s to the millennium. The chapter starts with a brief account of one of the key themes of this story and then moves on to developments which have created new opportunities and challenges. The story of The Bottom Billion is that there was a class of countries - about sixty countries around the world - that had missed out on the economic development process. This research has looked particularly at the interaction between democracy and post-conflict situations, and the findings show that post-conflict elections have been the international community's main strategy for establishing post-conflict peace. The international community should be using post-conflict elections as the milestone for sending in international peacekeepers, not withdrawing them.

Keywords: democracy; economic development process; international peacekeeper; post-conflict election; The Bottom Billion



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