Repression, Grievances, Mobilization and Rebellion: A New Test of Gurr’s Model of Ethnopolitical Rebellion

International Interactions, Vol. 31, No. 1, pp. 87-116, 2005

33 Pages Posted: 11 Jan 2011

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Gregory D. Saxton

Schulich School of Business, York University

Date Written: July 22, 2003

Abstract

Throughout the 1990s Ted Robert Gurr developed and refined a model of ethnopolitical rebellion built around four key determinants—identity, incentives, capacity and opportunities. Lindström and Moore (1995), Gurr and Moore (1997), and Moore and Gurr (1998) have argued that the explanation Gurr proposes actually implies an interactive model in which these four factors, along with rebellion and repression, work interdependently to determine levels of rebellious ethnic conflict. In this study I utilize a three-stage least squares estimator to test the ability of this interactive model to explain the magnitude of ethnopolitical rebellion in the seventeen regions of Spain from 1977-1996. The use of an original event data set with enhanced indicators allows for the first test of Gurr’s interactive model not based on the Minorities at Risk project, while the cross-temporal design facilitates the first full test of the model’s democracy-rebellion linkages. This test demonstrates even stronger overall support for the theoretical model than previous analyses, which had failed to find evidence for the direct influence of grievances on rebellion, of democratization and repression on mobilization, and of democracy on repression. An important deviation from Gurr’s model is the finding that three of the proposed indicators of deprivation - relative regional GDP, education, and regional autonomy - were found to have the opposite impact from that intended. Implications of these findings are explored in depth.

Keywords: Protest, rebellion, domestic conflict, Spain, nationalism, ethnic conflict

Suggested Citation

Saxton, Gregory D., Repression, Grievances, Mobilization and Rebellion: A New Test of Gurr’s Model of Ethnopolitical Rebellion (July 22, 2003). International Interactions, Vol. 31, No. 1, pp. 87-116, 2005, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1737914

Gregory D. Saxton (Contact Author)

Schulich School of Business, York University ( email )

4700 Keele Street
Toronto, Ontario M3J 1P3
Canada

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