Economic Development, Rebel Mobilization, and Civil War Onset

Led by Helge Holtermann

May 2008 – Jun 2013

This PhD project is a part of the “Disaggregating the Study of Civil War” project.

Håvard Hegre, PRIO
Halvard Buhaug, PRIO

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.

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