CFP: Conference on Conflict and Development (Irvine, February 19-21, 2016)

Call for Papers

All UC economic History Group in conjunction with the Center for Global Peace and Conflict Studies at the University of California Irvine:

Location: Irvine, California

Dates: Feb. 19, 20, and 21, 2016.

Theme: Conflict and Development: Perspectives from History, Economics, and Politics.
Conference Organizers: Dan Bogart, UC Irvine, and Stergios Skaperdas, UC Irvine
Conflict is endemic in the world. Its financial toll is enormous to say nothing of the human costs. Some economists have estimated that the total costs of conflict and enforcement of contracts represent at least 10% of national income. Historical studies have shown that regions plagued by severe conflict in the past are often more poor today. One view is that conflict breeds political and social institutions that stifle development. However, there is an argument that in Europe war helped to foster the development of strong fiscal states, which subsequently aided in economic development through infrastructure and enforcement of property rights. An historical perspective thus has much to offer in terms of understanding the effects of conflict. The tools of political science also illuminate how the state is organized and responds to pressures brought by conflict. This conference aims bring together scholars from several disciplines to shed light on conflict and development.

We invite proposals for papers on the main theme of the conference. We also especially encourage graduate students from the University of California to propose papers as well as specialists in the area of conflict in any university. The due date for proposals is Oct. 1, 2015.

Please send a two-page paper proposal to Dan Bogart, dbogart @ uci.edu and Lauren Thomas, lhthomas @ ucdavis.edu.