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Inside Rebellion

Inside Rebellion
The Politics of Insurgent Violence


Part of Cambridge Studies in Comparative Politics

  • Date Published: January 2007
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521860772

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  • Some rebel groups abuse noncombatant populations, while others exhibit restraint. Insurgent leaders in some countries transform local structures of government, while others simply extract resources for their own benefit. In some contexts, groups kill their victims selectively, while in other environments violence appears indiscriminate, even random. This book presents a theory that accounts for the different strategies pursued by rebel groups in civil war, explaining why patterns of insurgent violence vary so much across conflicts. It does so by examining the membership, structure, and behavior of four insurgent movements in Uganda, Mozambique, and Peru. Drawing on interviews with nearly two hundred combatants and civilians who experienced violence firsthand, it shows that rebels' strategies depend in important ways on how difficult it is to launch a rebellion. The book thus demonstrates how characteristics of the environment in which rebellions emerge constrain rebel organization and shape the patterns of violence that civilians experience.

    • A textured account of the internal organization of four rebel movements, drawing on interviews with combatants and civilians
    • Employs the comparative method, mixing qualitative and quantitative methods, to develop and test a simple theory of violence
    • Tackles a critical question that motivates much scholarly work on civil war, asking why civilians suffer so much more in some conflicts than in others
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    Reviews & endorsements

    'Well structured and clearly written … I would strongly recommend this book to those scholars who still believe that quantitative and qualitative approaches are generally irreconcilable.' Political Studies Review

    'This book would be of much benefit for both research students and established scholars of civil wars. Moreover, I would strongly recommend this book to those scholars who still believe that quantitative and qualitative approaches are generally irreconcilable.' Political Studies Review

    ' … not only a solid academic achievement that takes its place alongside the most recent literature on civil war, but also a fascinating read that sheds light on central questions such as how rebel groups organise and why civilians have become the primary target of modern warfare.' The International Spectator

    'Inside Rebellion offers an insightful account of insurgent politics that extrapolates from empirical data to construct an overarching theoretical framework. This ambitious and wide-ranging book confronts the question of why rebel attempts to capture state power display such variations in violence. Drawing on impressive primary and secondary research, Weinstein articulates a coherent theoretical argument that emphasises the interplay between resources and organisation for our understanding of insurgent violence. … this is a valuable contribution to the field.' Social Movement Studies

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    Product details

    • Date Published: January 2007
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521860772
    • length: 430 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 29 mm
    • weight: 0.8kg
    • contains: 18 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. The Structure of Rebel Organizations:
    1. The industrial organization of rebellion
    2. Four rebel organizations
    3. Recruitment
    4. Control
    Part II. The Strategies of Rebel Groups:
    5. Governance
    6. Violence
    7. Resilience
    8. Extensions.

  • Author

    Jeremy M. Weinstein, Stanford University, California
    Jeremy M. Weinstein is an assistant professor in the Department of Political Science at Stanford University. His research focuses on civil war, ethnic politics, and the political economy of development in Africa. He has published several articles in academic and policy journals, and he has received grants and fellowships from the Russell Sage Foundation, the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation, the Center for Global Development, the Brookings Institution, the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, the World Bank, and the US Department of Education.

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