Wars, Guns and Votes
Democracy in Dangerous Places
A timely, powerful and provocative study of the tensions between democracy and violence in the world's poorest countries, by one of the world's leading development economists.
The world is in a mess. For more than a billion people, everyday life is played out against the backdrop of civil wars, military coups and failing economies. For them, the peaceful democracy taken for granted in the West seems an impossible pipe-dream.
But solutions do exist – it is up to us to achieve them. Award-winning academic Paul Collier’s vision for the future of the developing world is eye-opening, provocative and refreshingly unequivocal.
Praise for Wars, Guns and Votes
Very important ideas based on extremely thorough empirical research...put him in the same camp as real heavyweights such as the Nobel laureate Joseph StiglitzMisha Glenny, Guardian
Before Barack Obama outlines his policies he should read this searching study of past failureThe Times
Collier knows Africa intimately... It is hard to be unmoved by his anger about the world's blindness to realities, and his passion to do things betterMax Hastings, Sunday Times
With its verve, wit and lateral thinking, this is a book that changes its readers' horizonsObserver
It is always a pleasure to discover Paul Collier's latest thoughts...always illuminating and grounded in rigorous social science...it's gripping stuffAllister Heath, Literary Review
The author challenges a lot of lazy thinking about the trajectory that poor countries should take to improve their lot ... Mr Collier is thinking about these urgent and very difficult issues, something that not many people are willing to tackle head-onThe Economist
Unlike many academics Collier comes up with very concrete proposals and some ingenious solutions.Richard Beeston, The Times
Collier adopts an upbeat, indeed breezy styleStephen Howe, Independent
Realpolitik at its bestProspect
His recent Book Wars, Guns and Votes, is all the more remarkable in that it is based on impeccable scholarship and statistical analysis but remains highly readable and accessibleBruno Tertrais, Survival
furthering an understanding of the pragmatics of democracy's failuresAmreeta Mathai, The Oxonian Review