Implausible sovereigns and their organizational logic: violent non-state actors’ response to COVID-19

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Abstract

The havoc and disarray among governments and societies caused by the COVID-19 outbreak also invited opportunities for violent non-state actors to exploit for their advantage governments’ failure to provide an adequate public health response or their denigration of security apparatuses due to the outbreak. Focusing on the early months of the outbreak, this study examines three courses of actions taken by those actors and the potential explanation for the variation in responses. The responses examined are actors offering COVID-related public health response as a surrogate for the state, the extension of hostilities, and the request for a ceasefire. Looking at a sample of 72 groups we suggest that the actors’ governance levels, which dictate their organizational logic and behavior, are strong predictors for the likelihood of them offering public health support, conduct attacks, or pursues a ceasefire during the period examined.

Original languageEnglish
JournalSmall Wars and Insurgencies
DOIs
StateAccepted/In press - 2021

Keywords

  • COVID-19
  • Governance
  • legitimacy
  • organizational logic
  • violent non-state actors

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