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The formation of terrorist groups: an analysis of Irish republican organizations

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dc.contributor.author Dnes, Antony William
dc.contributor.author Brownlow, Graham
dc.date.accessioned 2017-06-07T17:59:13Z
dc.date.available 2017-06-07T17:59:13Z
dc.date.issued 2017-01-16
dc.identifier.citation Dnes, Antony W., and Graham Brownlow. “The Formation of Terrorist Groups: an Analysis of Irish Republican Organizations.” Journal of Institutional Economics, 2017, pp. 1–25., doi:10.1017/S1744137416000461.
dc.identifier.issn 1744-1382
dc.identifier.other https://doi.org/10.1017/S1744137416000461
dc.identifier.uri https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/journal-of-institutional-economics/article/div-classtitlethe-formation-of-terrorist-groups-an-analysis-of-irish-republican-organizationsdiv/E97FA28D7CFFC20D1BAB20BBD237EE4D
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11416/332
dc.description.abstract We examine the history of the organization of the Irish Republican Army (IRA) and assess whether Republican terrorism reflected the possession of valuable group-specific human capital within the terrorist cell. The analysis is motivated by economic models of the formation of specialized groups. We also note the public-goods co-ordination problem facing terrorist groups, given their inability to use mainstream enforcement mechanisms. Of particular interest are four well-defined historical examples of factionalism within the IRA. The history of Irish republicanism is consistent with the prediction that increasing the opportunities for cell members outside of life in the organization, particularly through amnesty, destabilizes the organization but leaves a hardcore of remaining terrorists. The gap between terrorist characteristics and those belonging to members of wider society is more gradated than predicted.
dc.publisher Journal of Institutional Economics
dc.subject Irish Republican Army
dc.subject Terrorism
dc.title The formation of terrorist groups: an analysis of Irish republican organizations
dc.type Article


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