The Politics of Vigilantism

  title={The Politics of Vigilantism},
  author={Regina Bateson},
  journal={Comparative Political Studies},
  pages={923 - 955}
  • Regina Bateson
  • Published 2020
  • Political Science
  • Comparative Political Studies
Vigilantism is theoretically and empirically important for political science, because it is closely related to core concepts like power, order, state-building, and collective action. Yet although political scientists are increasingly interested in vigilantism, our discipline has never developed a sustained, cumulative research agenda on vigilantism. I argue this is largely because existing definitions of vigilantism are contradictory, tautological, and not easily operationalized. This article… Expand
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