Economic Development, Rebel Mobilization, and Civil War Onset

PhD Thesis

Holtermann, Helge (2013) Economic Development, Rebel Mobilization, and Civil War Onset. PhD thesis, Department of Political Science, University of Oslo, Oslo.

​The vast majority of civil wars occur in economically less developed countries. Several different explanations for this have been suggested, but little has yet been done to assess them empirically. This project uses various empirical approaches to identify important causal mechanisms and their links to development-related conditions: a fieldwork-based case study of rebel mobilization and escalation of violence in Nepal, a mixed-methods study of the spread of insurgency in Nepal, and two global large-N studies looking at the determinants of civil war onset.

Authors

Helge Holtermann

Helge Holtermann

Senior Researcher and Managing Editor, Journal of Peace Research

Supervisors

Håvard Hegre

Håvard Hegre

Research Professor

Halvard Buhaug

Halvard Buhaug

Research Professor at PRIO; Professor of Political Science, NTNU