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Title:Indivisibility, fairness, farsightedness and their implications for security PDF Logo
Authors:Murshed, S. Mansoob
Issue Date:2006
Series/Report no.:Research Paper, UNU-WIDER, United Nations University (UNU) 2006/28
Abstract:This paper is concerned with the problems of achieving lasting peace. One dimension includes fairly sharing the post-war economic and political pie or the peace dividend. This requires post-war allocations that are envy free. Many peace agreements that end civil wars are notoriously unstable in that they are often not implemented, or break down after some time. Commitments to the peace treaty are simply not credible. One reason for that could be certain indivisibilities in perceived shares of power and income in the peace settlement, as well as the inability to correctly infer the value of path dependence when future reputation depends on present actions but the future is heavily discounted. The paper also discusses the role of another type of unfairness, namely a deep sense of humiliation, in determining acts of transnational terrorism, where force may not be the answer in attempting to deter deeply motivated persons.
Subjects:fair division
commitment
peace treaties
terrorist motivation
JEL:C78
D71
D74
O10
ISBN:9291907960
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:WIDER Research Papers, United Nations University (UNU)

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