The 8 Pillars of Peace

This is not a new conceptual framework for peace, but I thought it worth including on our site.   In 2013 the Institute for Economics and Peace released a report on the Pillars of Peace. It provides an understanding of the factors associated with peaceful societies. The research is based on an analysis of over 4,000 data sets, surveys and indices; it’s an empirical framework aimed at describing the conditions correlated with positive peace.

The research defines 8 key Pillars that underpin peace:

  • well functioning government,
  • sound business environment,
  • an equitable distribution of resources,
  • an acceptance of the rights of others,
  • good relations with neighbors,
  • free flow of information,
  • high level of human capital,
  • low levels of corruption.


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