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Resource Curse and Human Security : consequences of rich natural resource deposits for the local population in areas of conflict and implications for European bodies and institutions

Pollmann, Niels (2015) Resource Curse and Human Security : consequences of rich natural resource deposits for the local population in areas of conflict and implications for European bodies and institutions.

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Abstract:The thesis links the theoretical implications of human security with natural resources. The argument is made that the social and political environment given by governmental institutions as well as civil bodies is a decisive factor on the edge between a resource curse and -blessing. With a special focus on resources as a curse potential implications are theoretically developed. While the main literature focuses exclusively on the indirect implications of resources this thesis proves that direct impacts can be found as well. Regarding the Kivu provinces in eastern Congo within a most-likely case design, resources are analyzed in the worst institutional framework which is defined as a state of corruption. The case study indicates that given this framework violence linked to resources occurs both on the micro- as well as the meso level, with both being linked but fundamentally different. It is argued that ending the micro violence is also likely to end the meso violence. This argument is transferred to the European level by contributing to the ongoing due diligence debate.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:70 social sciences in general, 88 social and public administration, 89 political science
Programme:Management Society and Technology BSc (56654)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/68009
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