The common opinion about the relation between social sciences and the natural sciences is that have a gap impossible to bridge. Usually the arguments go along the line of the natural sciences are deterministic and the social nature of that human beings is to complex. Nevertheless, there some efforts to reconcile the to approaches and in particular E.O. Wilson recommends Economics as a good place to start, as it has the most similar scientific method, and has very well formalized theories. Thus, the present research looks for the places of coincidence starting with the work of conflict analysis and in particular Greed and Grievance. By Means of evolutionary ecology and consilience here I propose how Greed can be defined in operative behavioural processes that explain the chaotic behaviour of the ruling party and doesn’t comply directly with the rational choice. In the same way grievances are viewed as action towards punishment triggered by a sense of perceived depletion of resources and blaming a group that has a easy to recognize marker. Finally the deterioration of the social capital is oriented towards the unfortunate alignment of the biases inherited and the non-ideal environmental cues that result in a dehumanization of a particular group that in other case would be consider a neighbour.

Murshed, Syed Mansoob
Economics of Development (ECD)
International Institute of Social Studies

Sanchez Hidalgo, Pablo Augusto. (2020, December 18). Greed and grievance motivations for conflict: evolutionary and behavioral human preferences. Economics of Development (ECD). Retrieved from