Exploring the Motivation of the United Kingdom’s Domestic Extremist Informants

STANIER, IAN and NUNAN, JORDAN (2023) Exploring the Motivation of the United Kingdom’s Domestic Extremist Informants. Studies in Conflict & Terrorism. pp. 1-18. ISSN 1521-0731

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ABSTRACT Understanding a potential informant’s motivation can lay the foundation for managing the risks and opportunities associated with the informant-handler relationship and operational deployments. The present research explored the self-disclosed and handler-assessed motivations of U.K. informants authorized to report against domestic extremists. Informants reported being motivated overwhelmingly by both ideological and financial considerations. Those reporting on right-wing domestic extremism primarily reported for financial reasons, while those reporting on left-wing extremism did so primarily for ideological reasons. The findings also revealed that motivation is neither one dimensional nor unchangeable, with most informants declaring financial and ideological reasons for informing. Handlers were accurate at identifying informants’ primary motivation, with a minority of the handler assessments revealing a perceived change after a six-month period. By designing recruitment approaches around ideological and financial motivational hooks, law enforcement and intelligence agencies may increase the probability of recruitment success, as well as enhance both the effectiveness and longevity of their informant-handler relationship.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Accepted 05 Jan 2023, Published online: 09 Apr 2023
Subjects: J Political Science > JZ International relations
Divisions: School of Humanities & Social Sciences > International Studies
Depositing User: Ian Stanier
Date Deposited: 30 May 2023 09:23
Last Modified: 30 May 2023 09:23
URI: http://bear.buckingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/588

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