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Rebel Governance in Civil War


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This is the first book to examine and compare how rebels govern civilians during civil wars in Latin America, Africa, Asia, and Europe. Drawing from a variety of disciplinary traditions, including political science, sociology, and anthropology, the book provides in-depth case studies of specific conflicts as well as comparative studies of multiple conflicts. Among other themes, the book examines why and how some rebels establish both structures and practices of rule, the role of ideology, cultural, and material factors affecting rebel governance strategies, the impact of governance on the rebel/civilian relationship, civilian responses to rebel rule, the comparison between modes of state and non-state governance to rebel attempts to establish political order, the political economy of rebel governance, and the decline and demise of rebel governance attempts.

• Provides the bases for analysis of a set of widely different governments that are usually ignored by social scientists • Increases our understanding of patterns of conduct and relationships within civil war • Broadens readers' appreciation of regimes available for comparison of many current propositions about politics


1. Introduction Ana Arjona, Nelson Kasfir and Zachariah Mampilly; 2. Rebel governance - constructing a field of inquiry: definitions, scope, patterns, order, causes Nelson Kasfir; 3. Del gobierno de abajo al gobierno de arriba… and back: transitions to and from rebel governance in Latin America, 1956–90 Timothy Wickham-Crowley; 4. Performing the nation-state: rebel governance and symbolic processes Zachariah Mampilly; 5. Rebel diplomacy: theorizing violent non-state actors' strategic use of talk Bridget L. Coggins; 6. Rebel governance during the Greek civil war, 1942–9 Stathis N. Kalyvas; 7. Comparing rebel rule through revolution and naturalization: ideologies of governance in Naxalite and Naga India Bert Suykens; 8. Myths set in motion: the moral economy of Mai Mai governance Kasper Hoffmann; 9. Civilian resistance to rebel governance Ana Arjona; 10. Dialogue direct: rebel governance and civil order in Northern Côte d'Ivoire Till Förster; 11. The rebel state in society: governance and accommodation in Aceh, Indonesia Shane Joshua Barter; 12. Organization and governance: the evolution of urban militias in Medellín, Colombia Francisco Gutiérrez Sanín; 13. Predatory rebellions and governance: the national patriotic front of Liberia, 1989–92 William Reno; 14. Conclusion Ana Arjona, Nelson Kasfir and Zachariah Mampilly.


'This imaginative, diverse, and highly readable book, with chapters grounded in particular cases, guides attention to civilians living under varied conditions of rebel rule. While the problem of effective governance by weak states has consumed the attention of policy makers for several decades, those governed by rebels merit equal public concern. The intriguing essays in this volume do just that, constituting a book that teaches us when and how insurgent organizations seek to govern.' David D. Laitin, James T. Watkins IV and Elise V. Watkins Professor of Political Science, Stanford University, California

'How do rebels interact with non-combatants in regions under rebel control? Why does rebel governance vary across time and space? This bold and insightful collection addresses these questions through an interdisciplinary lens that enables us to see beyond the state-rebel dyad and into the lives of ordinary people in wartime. Challenging common wisdoms with evidence from original fieldwork, this is an enlightening effort that deserves a broad audience.' Nancy Bermeo, Nuffield Professor of Comparative Politics, Nuffield College, Oxford

'If rebels want to learn how to govern, or scholars and policy makers to appreciate the various ways in which rebels have tried to orchestrate and win civil wars, this is the key book.' Robert I. Rotberg, Harvard University, Massachusetts and author of When States Fail and On Governance

'Rebel Governance in Civil War is a captivating book. It makes significant theoretical advances, and it includes fascinating case studies written by some of the leading authors in the field. It will be of great interest to scholars of civil wars, as well as to area-study experts.' Séverine Autesserre, Barnard College, Columbia University


Ana Arjona, Nelson Kasfir, Zachariah Mampilly, Timothy Wickham-Crowley, Bridget L. Coggins, Stathis N. Kalyvas, Bert Suykens, Kasper Hoffmann, Till Förster, Shane Joshua Barter, Francisco Gutiérrez Sanín, William Reno

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