Repressed Productive Potential and Revolt: Insights from an Insurgency in Burundi

Emily West & Cyrus Samii
The relationship between participation in revolt and individuals’ economic conditions is among the most debated in political science. While conventional economic theory suggests that those who face the poorest economic prospects are most inclined to fight, extant evidence is decidedly mixed. We address this puzzling variation by analyzing the interplay between macro-structural conditions and individuals’ micro-level circumstances. Under conditions of severe group repression, we show how a “glass ceiling” logic may operate: among the re-...
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