Geostrategic competition and rent extraction in peripheral territories

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Jean-Pascal Bassino

ENS Lyon

Øivind Schøyen

University of Tromsø - The Arctic University of Norway - School of Business and Economics; FAIR Centre, NHH Norwegian School of Economics,

Date Written: September 18, 2020

Abstract

Heightened geostrategic competition enhances the strategic value to central powers
of controlling peripheral territories. How does increased strategic value affect the balance
between peripheral states and their society? We consider the historical case of the relationship
of the Mediterranean islands of Corsica and Sardinia to Genoa and Aragon in the late
medieval period. Strategic competition between Genoa and Aragon had opposing effects on
the two islands; strengthening society on Corsica while strengthening the feudal state on
Sardinia. We develop a novel four-player game between two competing regional powers, the
local elite, and the local society to explain this apparent paradox. We show how an increased
strategic value of controlling a territory can both strengthen or weaken its society depending
on society's ability to insurrect.

Keywords: Insurrection, center-periphery, foreign influence, strategic competition

JEL Classification: C70, F51, H71, N31, Z1

Suggested Citation

Bassino, Jean-Pascal and Schøyen, Øivind, Geostrategic competition and rent extraction in peripheral territories (September 18, 2020). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3695267 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3695267

Jean-Pascal Bassino

ENS Lyon ( email )

Campus Descartes
15 parvis René Descartes
Lyon, 69007
France

Øivind Schøyen (Contact Author)

University of Tromsø - The Arctic University of Norway - School of Business and Economics ( email )

Norway

FAIR Centre, NHH Norwegian School of Economics, ( email )

Helleveien 30
N-5035 Bergen
Norway

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