How Does Ethnic Rebellion Start?

  title={How Does Ethnic Rebellion Start?},
  author={Janet I. Lewis},
  journal={Comparative Political Studies},
  pages={1420 - 1450}
  • Janet I. Lewis
  • Published 1 September 2017
  • Political Science
  • Comparative Political Studies
Because insurgent group formation typically occurs in secrecy and in poorly monitored areas, the empirical record on conflicts’ start is spare and systematically omits rebels who fail before committing substantial violence. This article argues that this presents a fundamental challenge for the study of conflict onset and demonstrates the theoretical and empirical problems it causes in studying a controversial relationship: how ethnicity influences armed conflicts’ start. Unusual evidence on all… 

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