UCL Discovery
UCL home » Library Services » Electronic resources » UCL Discovery

Risk Mitigation, Regime Security, and Militias: Beyond Coup-proofing

Carey, SC; Colaresi, MP; Mitchell, NJ; (2016) Risk Mitigation, Regime Security, and Militias: Beyond Coup-proofing. International Studies Quarterly , 60 (1) pp. 59-72. 10.1111/isqu.12210. Green open access

[thumbnail of Carey+Colaresi+Mitchell+ISQ+web+version+suppl.pdf]
Preview
Text
Carey+Colaresi+Mitchell+ISQ+web+version+suppl.pdf

Download (371kB) | Preview
[thumbnail of Carey_document.pdf]
Preview
Text
Carey_document.pdf

Download (1MB) | Preview

Abstract

In Thailand, India, Libya, and elsewhere, governments arm the populace or call up volunteers in irregular armed groups despite the risks this entails. The widespread presence of these militias, outside the context of state failure, challenges the expectation that governments uniformly consolidate the tools of violence. Drawing on the logic of delegation, we resolve this puzzle by arguing that governments have multiple incentives to form armed groups with a recognized link to the state but outside of the regular security forces. Such groups offset coup risks as substitutes for unreliable regular forces. Similar to other public-private collaborations, they also complement the work of regular forces in providing efficiency and information gains. Finally, these groups distance the government from the controversial use of force. These traits suggest that militias are not simply a sign of failed states or a precursor to a national military, but an important component of security portfolios in many contexts. Using cross-national data (1981–2005), we find support for this mix of incentives. From the perspective of delegation, used to analyze organizational design, global accountability, and policy choices, the domestic and international incentives for governments to choose militias raise explicit governance and accountability issues for the international community.

Type: Article
Title: Risk Mitigation, Regime Security, and Militias: Beyond Coup-proofing
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1111/isqu.12210
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/isqu.12210
Language: English
Additional information: This is a pre-copyedited, author-produced PDF of an article accepted for publication in International Studies Quarterly following peer review. The version of record Carey, SC; Colaresi, MP; Mitchell, NJ; (2016) Risk Mitigation, Regime Security, and Militias: Beyond Coup-proofing. International Studies Quarterly , 60 (1) pp. 59-72. is available online at: : http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/isqu.12210
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Dept of Political Science
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1470482
Downloads since deposit
379Downloads
Download activity - last month
Download activity - last 12 months
Downloads by country - last 12 months

Archive Staff Only

View Item View Item