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Can Militants Use Violence to Win Public Support? Evidence from the Second Intifada

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  • David A. Jaeger

    (City University of New York Graduate Center, NY, USA
    University of Cologne, Cologne, Germany
    National Bureau of Economic Research, Cambridge, MA, USA)

  • Esteban F. Klor

    () (Department of Economics, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Jerusalem, Israel
    Centre for Economic Policy Research, London, UK)

  • Sami H. Miaari

    (Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv, Israel)

  • M. Daniele Paserman

    (National Bureau of Economic Research, Cambridge, MA, USA
    Centre for Economic Policy Research, London, UK
    Boston University, Boston, MA, USA
    Institute for the Study of Labor, Bonn, Germany)

Abstract

This article investigates whether attacks against Israeli targets help Palestinian factions gain public support. We link individual-level survey data to the full list of Israeli and Palestinian fatalities during the period of the Second Intifada (2000–2005) and estimate a flexible discrete choice model for faction supported. We find some support for the “outbidding†hypothesis, the notion that Palestinian factions use violence to gain prestige and influence public opinion within the community. In particular, the two leading Palestinian factions, Hamas and Fatah, gain in popularity following successful attacks against Israeli targets. Our results suggest, however, that most movement occurs within either the secular groups or the Islamist groups, but not between them. That is, Fatah’s gains come at the expense of smaller secular factions, while Hamas’s gains come at the expense of smaller Islamic factions and the disaffected. In contrast, attacks by the Palestinian Islamic Jihad lower support for that faction.

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  • David A. Jaeger & Esteban F. Klor & Sami H. Miaari & M. Daniele Paserman, 2015. "Can Militants Use Violence to Win Public Support? Evidence from the Second Intifada," Journal of Conflict Resolution, Peace Science Society (International), vol. 59(3), pages 528-549, April.
  • Handle: RePEc:sae:jocore:v:59:y:2015:i:3:p:528-549
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    Keywords

    factions’ strategies; outbidding; political preferences;

    JEL classification:

    • D72 - Microeconomics - - Analysis of Collective Decision-Making - - - Political Processes: Rent-seeking, Lobbying, Elections, Legislatures, and Voting Behavior
    • D74 - Microeconomics - - Analysis of Collective Decision-Making - - - Conflict; Conflict Resolution; Alliances; Revolutions
    • H56 - Public Economics - - National Government Expenditures and Related Policies - - - National Security and War

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