Portrait of a Failed Rebellion: An Account of Rational, Sub-optimal Violence in Western Uganda

Our analysis examines the violence in a failed, peripheral rebellion in western Uganda and finds that the brutality was premeditated; however the gains to the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) rebels were not military. Instead, we argue that anti-civilian violence in western Uganda stems from the financier-insurgentrelationship that promoted a high level of violence in response to divergent interests, unequal access to information, and contracting limitations. In other words, civilians were victimized in order that the ADFcould keep their outside funding.
Rationality and Society Vol. 17 No. 1, February 2005
Lucy Hovil & Eric Werker      Download this publication

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