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Title:Economy and governmental disorder in ghana
Author:Osei-Hwedie, K.ISNI
Year:1985
Periodical:The African Review: A Journal of African Politics, Development and International Affairs
Volume:12
Issue:2
Pages:43-53
Language:English
Geographic term:Ghana
Subjects:political stability
political economy
Abstract:This paper focuses on the background to the political instability in Ghana. Independent since 1957, the country has witnessed the fall of three civilian governments and several military coups. Most of the explanations of the military interventions in the country fail to account for the recurrence of coups. This paper treats political instability as a complex phenomenon arising from a historically shaped linkage between economic forces, over which the country has little control, and the internal social structure. Neither the civilian nor the military governments succeeded in solving the basic problems of Ghana's economy and in minimizing socioeconomic hardships for the masses. Once the masses are frustrated, they withdraw their support for the government and set the stage for a new round of power struggle among the political elite and the economic elite. Notes, ref.
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