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dc.contributor.authorMarsden, Sarah Victoria
dc.identifier.citationMarsden , S V 2015 , ' A social movement theory typology of militant organisations : contextualising terrorism ' , Terrorism and Political Violence .
dc.identifier.otherPURE: 164170801
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dc.identifier.otherScopus: 84907802877
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dc.identifier.otherORCID: /0000-0002-4763-5068/work/80257714
dc.descriptionDate of acceptance 8/8/14en
dc.description.abstractTypologies are ubiquitous in terrorism studies, illustrating their continued appeal as a tool to further our understanding of this form of political violence. Despite this, to date, the promise of an empirically derived typology has largely been neglected. In addressing this gap, this article sets out a typology developed from Social Movement Theory. Using a novel statistical technique to derive a three-dimensional framework for categorising militant groups, the typology incorporates both organisational characteristics and the wider political context. The result is a typology defined by three conceptual constructs: political capacity, war-making capacity, and network capacity. Alongside these organisational features, imposing measures of the wider political opportunity structure reveals eight types of militant organisation. To explore the utility of the framework, a preliminary analysis interprets the typology in light of the presence of wider conflict. That a robust relationship is found between the various types and whether groups were operating in peacetime, civil war, or low-intensity conflict, goes some way to demonstrating its utility as an analytical tool. Conclusions draw attention to the importance of contextualising militant groups in their socio-political setting, and the benefits of combining theory alongside empirical analysis to develop robust characterisations of violent organisations.
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dc.rightsCopyright Taylor & Francis Group, LLC. This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Terrorism and Political Violence on 01/10/2014, available online:
dc.subjectSocial Movement Theoryen
dc.subjectMultidimensional Partial Order Scalogram by Coordinatesen
dc.subjectMixed methodsen
dc.subjectConceptualising militant groupsen
dc.subjectJZ International relationsen
dc.subjectSDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutionsen
dc.titleA social movement theory typology of militant organisations : contextualising terrorismen
dc.typeJournal articleen
dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews. School of International Relationsen
dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews. The Handa Centre for the Study of Terrorism and Political Violenceen
dc.description.statusPeer revieweden

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