Coercion in Rebel Recruitment
2014 (English)In: Security Studies, ISSN 0963-6412, E-ISSN 1556-1852, Vol. 23, no 2, 364-398 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Previous research on rebel recruitment has focused on the economic and social incentives groups use as enticements, but has overlooked the question of why many armed groups recruit using coercion. The puzzle is why coercion occurs despite alienating civilian populations and being costly in terms of organizational and military effectiveness. I argue that recruitment is a dynamic process and that groups are likely to shift recruitment strategies depending on the exigencies of the conflict. The study tests this argument by examining whether rebels are more likely to employ coercion after suffering losses on the battlefield. Using unique microlevel new data on the conflict in Nepal, the results show that the argument is supported: the more rebel fatalities on the battlefield, the more likely are rebels to employ coercion.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2014. Vol. 23, no 2, 364-398 p.
civil conflict, civil war, rebellion, rebel recruitment, rebel group, rebels, Nepal, coercion
Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
Research subject Peace and Conflict Research
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-120219DOI: 10.1080/09636412.2014.905368ISI: 000335942000005OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-120219DiVA: diva2:302880