Rebel rulers [electronic resource] : insurgent governance and civilian life during war /
Zachariah Cherian Mampilly.
Ithaca, N.Y. : Cornell University Press, 2011.
xxi, 293 p. : ill., maps ; 25 cm.
0801449138 (cloth : alk. paper), 9780801449130 (cloth : alk. paper)
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Ithaca, N.Y. : Cornell University Press, 2011.
0801449138 (cloth : alk. paper)
9780801449130 (cloth : alk. paper)
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Introduction : governing rebels -- Bandits, warlords, embryonic states, black spots, and ungoverned territories : the unwieldy taxonomy of rebel-governed areas -- Understanding variation in insurgent governance systems -- The two faces of the tiger : Sri Lanka's Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam -- Building a new Sudan : the Sudan People's Liberation Movement/Army -- Resurrecting Bula Matari : the Rassemblement congolais pour la démocratie-Goma -- Comparative insurgent governance -- Rules and resistance : new agendas for studying insurgency and governance.
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 2012-04-01:
Mampilly (Vassar College) examines an underexplored issue in international relations: how rebel groups govern territories that they control during insurgencies. Mampilly is specifically interested in three aspects of rebel governance. First, under what circumstances do rebels take seriously the task of providing governance to the population under their control? Second, how do insurgents adopt ruling practices and design civilian administrations? Third, how does the civilian population respond to the rebel government structure? The book develops a framework of rebel governance that begins with nine hypotheses about how insurgents ultimately govern in their territories. Mampilly tests his hypotheses using three cases for which he conducted extensive fieldwork. He explores the rule of the Tamil Tigers in Sri Lanka, the Sudan People's Liberation Movement/Army, and the Rally for Congolese Democracy-Goma in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The fieldwork (in war zones) is impressive. However, Mampilly himself identifies a potential weakness of this effort--the applicability of his framework to other cases. He attempts in the penultimate chapter to draw from other cases to address this, but the effort seems somewhat superficial. Nevertheless the book is an interesting and important contribution to the literature. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduate, graduate, research, and professional collections. J. Fields University of Southern California
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"Few studies of rebellion reveal how rebels actually rule the territories they control. With original material acquired during difficult fieldwork behind rebel lines, Zachariah Cherian Mampilly offers an insightful and elegant theory of rebel governance that blends the insurgents' strategic goals with the expectations of local civilians and international actors. Rebel Rulers is a rare and nuanced look into the politics of 'nonstates.'"-Pierre Englebert, Pomona College
"Rebel Rulers is a critical and innovative addition to studies of governance: in moving beyond the state to explore contemporary insurgent practices in key conflicts around the world, Zachariah Cherian Mampilly challenges us to refine our theories of power and practice as well as our understanding of deep life in rebellion. Delving into the vibrant interplay of intentions and actions at the front lines of extra-state politics, this book is powerfully international, theoretically astute, ethnographically rich, and evocative."-Carolyn Nordstrom, University of Notre Dame, author of Global Outlaws
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This title is informed by Zachariah Cherian Mampilly's extensive fieldwork in rebel-controlled areas. Focusing on three insurgent organizations, Mampilly's comparative analysis shows that rebel leaders design governance systems in response to pressures from three main sources.
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Rebel groups are often portrayed as predators, their leaders little more than warlords. In conflicts large and small, however, insurgents frequently take and hold territory, establishing sophisticated systems of governance that deliver extensive public services to civilians under their control. From police and courts, schools, hospitals, and taxation systems to more symbolic expressions such as official flags and anthems, some rebels are able to appropriate functions of the modern state, often to great effect in generating civilian compliance. Other insurgent organizations struggle to provide even the most basic services and suffer from the local unrest and international condemnation that result. Rebel Rulers is informed by Zachariah Cherian Mampilly's extensive fieldwork in rebel-controlled areas. Focusing on three insurgent organizations-the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) in Sri Lanka, the Rally for Congolese Democracy (RCD) in Congo, and the Sudan People's Liberation Movement/Army (SPLM/A) in Sudan-Mampilly's comparative analysis shows that rebel leaders design governance systems in response to pressures from three main sources. They must take into consideration the needs of local civilians, who can challenge rebel rule in various ways. They must deal with internal factions that threaten their control. And they must respond to the transnational actors that operate in most contemporary conflict zones. The development of insurgent governments can benefit civilians even as they enable rebels to assert control over their newly attained and sometimes chaotic territories.

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