Lindsay Heger

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Can rational choice modeling explain why Hamas, Taliban, Hezbollah and other radical religious rebels are so lethal? The literature rejects theological explanations. We propose a club framework, which emphasizes the function of voluntary religious organizations as efficient providers of local public goods in the absence of government provision. The(More)
Scholars for a long time theorized about the role of political leaders, but empirical research has been limited by the lack of systematic data about individual leaders. Archigos is a new data set with information on leaders in 188 countries from 1875 to 2004. We provide an overview of the main features of Archigos, and illustrate their utility by(More)
Previous work on the dynamics of conflicts where we see terrorism has tended to focus on whether we see shifts in attack mode following government countermeasures. We contend that many factors other than counterinsurgency can influence whether groups resort to terrorism, including competition between groups, as well as their relationship to public opinion(More)
Most aid spending by governments seeking to rebuild social and political order is based on an opportunity-cost theory of distracting potential recruits. The logic is that gainfully employed young men are less likely to participate in political violence, implying a positive correlation between unemployment and violence in places with active insurgencies. We(More)
This paper examines how tribes, the dominant political structure in rural areas of many developing countries, affect the allocation of development resources. I create a dataset of Yemeni tribes and demonstrate that areas with more tribes per capita i.e more inter-tribal heterogeneity -receive larger allocations of development resources. My empirical(More)
Organizing for Resistance: How Group Structure Impacts the Character of Violence Lindsay Heger a , Danielle Jung b & Wendy H. Wong c a Josef Korbel School of International Studies , University of Denver, Denver; and One Earth Future Foundation , Broomfield , Colorado , USA b Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs , Princeton University ,(More)
Terrorism is one of many possible tactics to which actors may resort in political conflicts; however, previous studies of the strategic substitution within terrorism have primarily focused on shifts in attack modes following government countermeasures. Yet, the decision to resort to specific violent tactics can be highly complex, and will typically also(More)
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