Membership matters

  title={Membership matters},
  author={Scott Gates},
  journal={Journal of Peace Research},
  pages={674 - 686}
  • S. Gates
  • Published 2017
  • Engineering
  • Journal of Peace Research
Unable to attract enough voluntary recruits, many rebel groups rely on force to fill their ranks. Given that the group used force to compel individuals to join, a coerced conscript would be presumed unlikely to be loyal and would be expected to desert at the first opportunity. Yet, groups that have relied on coerced recruitment retain their members just as well as, if not better than, rebel armies that rely on voluntary methods of recruitment. This is a puzzle. How do rebel groups maintain… Expand
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