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Female fighters and the fates of rebellions: How mobilizing women influences conflict duration

Wood, Reed M and Allemang, Lindsey (2021) 'Female fighters and the fates of rebellions: How mobilizing women influences conflict duration.' Conflict Management and Peace Science. ISSN 0738-8942

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Abstract

We investigate the potential relationship between female combatants and conflict duration. We contend that recruiting female combatants extends war duration via its influence on state–rebel bargaining. The recruitment and deployment of female combatants contribute to divergent perspectives between the rebels and the incumbent regarding the rebel group’s capabilities and the depth of its resolve, which impedes successful bargaining and extends the duration of the conflict. Results from duration analyses using data on the estimated prevalence of female combatants in rebel groups active between 1964 and 2011 support our central hypothesis and suggest that the use of female fighters is associated with longer conflicts.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Civil conflict, female combatants, rebellion, recruitment strategies, war duration
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Government, Department of
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 01 Sep 2021 12:47
Last Modified: 01 Sep 2021 12:47
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/30996

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