Trapping Constituents or Winning Hearts and Minds?: Rebel Strategies to Attain Constituent Support in Sri Lanka
2009 (English)In: Terrorism and Political Violence, ISSN 0954-6553, Vol. 21, no 2, 306-326 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Why do rebels choose violence over non-violent methods to attain the cooperation of their constituency in the war against the government? This article assesses the importance of rebels' dependency on constituent support through a case study of the LTTE in Sri Lanka. The empirical findings suggest that dependency largely results in non-violent measures. However, a multitude of passive coercion methods - broadly unaccounted for by existing theory - evolve over time in the form of territorial and social entrapments. This implies that rebels do not need the hearts and minds of their people to wage war at later stages of conflict. Time pressure, however, appears to result in violence.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2009. Vol. 21, no 2, 306-326 p.
civilians, coercion, human security, internal armed conflict, passive coercion, rebel-civilian relationship
Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalization Studies)
Research subject Peace and Conflict Research
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-121229DOI: 10.1080/09546550902765615ISI: 000264530100007OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-121229DiVA: diva2:304737