The Political Economy of Discontinuous Development: Regional Disparities and Inter-Regional Conflict

Synopsis

In a study that addresses the recent outbursts of regional conflict within national boundaries, Bookman establishes a theoretical framework to study issues internal to regions and regional issues relative to the nation. She proposes four hypotheses for assessing the viability of regions as independent entities. Eight high-income regions characterized by discontinuous development are analyzed. The book also contains empirical chapters that test the model in the contexts of India and Yugoslavia and offers suggestions regarding the possibilities of secession as the outcome of inter-regional conflict.