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Title:The 1974 Coup d'Etat in Niger
Authors:Higgott, Richard
Fugelstad, Finn
Periodical:Journal of Modern African Studies
Geographic term:Niger
Subjects:coups d'état
Politics and Government
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/159846
Abstract:Outlines the major causal elements of a coup d'état which secured the downfall of one of black Africa's supposedly more stable régimes. The author examines four main propositions: 1) The underlying conflicts which were to be found in Niger prior to independence in 1950 were still of crucial importance in 1974. 2) Throughout the life of the régime, the continued French involvement in all aspects of Niger's economic and political life was a constant focal point for resentment. 3) By 1974, the socio-economic and political pressures on the régime had grown to a previously unexpected level. 4) Possible of greatest significance was the army's belief that it needed to protect its 'corporate self-interest'. Notes.