Oil and water: the contrasting anatomies of resource conflicts

Selby, Jan (2005) Oil and water: the contrasting anatomies of resource conflicts. Government and Opposition, 40 (2). pp. 200-224. ISSN 0017-257X

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It is often said that while many of the twentieth century's wars were fought over oil, those of the twenty-first will be fought over water. This paper seeks to counter this argument, as well as the assumption implicit in it that the two resources engender, or will engender, broadly similar types of conflict. Specifically it argues 1) that within the context of the contemporary global capitalism, oil and water are marked by starkly divergent political economies; 2) that the two resources thus have starkly contrasting impacts upon patterns of state formation; 3) that these factors together militate against the development of violent international water conflicts; and 4) that notwithstanding the above, water is already a significant cause of local violence in many parts of the global South.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Global Studies > International Relations
Depositing User: Jan Selby
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2012 15:27
Last Modified: 23 Jul 2012 11:01
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/12577
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