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Beyond just fighting: A qualitative study of the effect state penetration has on service provision by rebel groups
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Peace and Conflict Research.
2020 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This paper examines how state penetration affects service provision by rebel groups answering the question; Why do some rebel groups engage in service provision and others do not in civil wars? The purpose is to account for the variation that is observable in rebel governance. The study tries to fill the research gap by considering post-war context of the state-civilian relationship. The thesis is conducted using a small-n structured focus at a rebel-group level examining, the two rebel groups RENAMO and UNITA. The results yielded evidence that did not support the hypothesis that higher state penetration post-conflict would increase the likelihood of rebels providing services to the civilians in civil wars. This main finding can yield knowledge to the field of academic and policy implications. Although there was limitations to this study it provided important insights on the causal mechanism suggesting that some rebel groups are more likely to listen to civilian demands.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2020. , p. 39
Keywords [en]
Rebel governance, State penetration, Service provison
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Political Science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-402573OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-402573DiVA, id: diva2:1386246
Subject / course
Peace and Conflict Studies
Educational program
Bachelor Programme in Peace and Development Studies
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Available from: 2020-02-24 Created: 2020-01-17 Last updated: 2020-02-24Bibliographically approved

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