The effect of rebel behaviour on legitimacy under the local population

dc.contributor.advisorLeeuwen, M. van
dc.contributor.authorBouwer, Daan
dc.description.abstractA lot of research has been done on the strategic decisions that rebels make in conflict and governance. However, limited research has been done on how the characteristics of a rebel group impacts their legitimacy under the local population. In this research, a light will be shed on this relationship. First, the existing literature on rebel governance and legitimacy will be discussed. Four characteristics of rebel behaviour were extracted from the literature: coercion, narratives and practises, services, and institutions. The four characteristics will be used in a case study on the FARC. The main findings are that low levels of just coercion, the provision of services, and participatory institutions have a positive effect on the legitimacy of a rebel group. Narratives and practices need to be in line with those of the local population, otherwise legitimacy is hard to achieve, even by the other characteristics.en_US
dc.thesis.facultyFaculteit der Managementwetenschappenen_US
dc.thesis.specialisationConflict, Power, and Politicsen_US
dc.thesis.studyprogrammeMaster Political Scienceen_US
dc.titleThe effect of rebel behaviour on legitimacy under the local populationen_US
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