A Note on the Endogeneity of Attacker and Defender Roles in Asymmetric Conflicts

Hannes Rusch*, Robert Böhm

*Corresponding author for this work

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We argue that the roles of attacker and defender in asymmetric intergroup conflict are structurally ambiguous and their perception is likely to be subjectively biased. Although this allows for endogenous selection into each role, we argue that claiming the role of the defender likely is more advantageous for conflict participants.

Original languageEnglish
Article number139
Pages (from-to)39-40
Number of pages2
JournalBehavioral and Brain Sciences
Publication statusPublished - 2019

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