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Ex-rebel authority after civil war: theory and evidence from Côte d'Ivoire

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posted on 14.07.2020, 08:39 authored by Philip A Martin, Giulia PiccolinoGiulia Piccolino, Jeremy S Speight
How do former armed militants exercise local political power after civil wars end? Building on recent advances in the study of “rebel rulers” and local goods provision by armed groups, this article offers a typology of ex-rebel commander authority that emphasizes two dimensions of former militants’ power: local-level ties to civilian populations ruled during civil war and national-level ties to post-conflict state elites. Put together, these dimensions produce four trajectories of ex-rebel authority. These trajectories shape whether and how ex-rebel commanders provide social goods within post-conflict communities and the durability of ex-rebels’ local authority over time. We illustrate this typology with qualitative evidence from northern Côte d’Ivoire. The framework yields theoretical insights about local orders after civil war, as well as implications for peacebuilding policies.

Funding

Funding for the research of this project was provided by MIT GOV/LAB, the MIT Center for International Studies and Santander UK.

History

Department

  • Politics and International Studies

Published in

Comparative Politics

Volume

53

Issue

2

Pages

209-232

Publisher

City University of New York

Version

AM (Accepted Manuscript)

Publisher statement

This paper was accepted for publication in the journal Comparative Politics and the definitive published version is available at https://doi.org/10.5129/001041521X15923094954447.

Acceptance date

06/08/2019

Publication date

2021-01-01

Copyright date

2021

ISSN

0010-4159

eISSN

2151-6227

Language

en

Depositor

Dr Giulia Piccolino. Deposit date: 10 July 2020