Much of the literature on victimization looks at the effect of organized violence (OV) on civilian perceptions and behaviour. Yet citizens in countries experience quotidian crime (QC) on a daily basis. QC differs from OV, the former being more isolated, while the latter is more of a collective experience. As such we develop a theoretical framework that explores the effects of both types of violence on preferences for public goods. Victims of OV may prefer welfare public goods for the entire community, whereas victims of QC may prefer security for themselves. We also test the effects of compound victimization on public goods’ preferences. We use original survey data from rural Liberia to test our hypotheses and find support for our argument. Our results show the importance of a disaggregated approach to understanding the effects of violence on preferences.
This was originally published on SAGE Publications Ltd: Journal of Peace Research: Table of Contents.