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1st Edition

Rebel Recruitment and Information Problems

ISBN 9780367272913
Published March 21, 2019 by Routledge
188 Pages

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Book Description

How do rebel groups decide how to recruit members? To answer this question, Obayashi classifies recruitment techniques of rebel groups into two types, coercion and inducement, and develops a theory of rebel recruitment that simultaneously addresses agency problems inside rebel groups and the rebel-state contest over information.

Important themes such as desertion, counterinsurgency strategies including amnesties and civil war termination are also examined to further understand the dynamics of rebellion and violent disorder. The theory is applied to examine the changes in conflicts involving the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam in Sri Lanka and the Lord’s Resistance Army in Uganda.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents
List of Figures
List of Maps
List of Tables
List of Abbreviations

Chapter 1: Introduction 
Chapter 2: Informational Theory of Rebel Recruitment
Chapter 3: Changes in Rebel Organizations
Chapter 4: Recruitment
Chapter 5: Desertion
Chapter 6: State’s Counterinsurgency Strategy
Chapter 7: Rebel Decline
Chapter 8: Conclusion


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Kazuhiro Obayashi is Associate Professor at the Graduate School of Law in Hitotsubashi University, Japan.