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Title:Regionalism, politics, and the military in Dahomey
Author:Decalo, Samuel
Year:1973
Periodical:Journal of Developing Areas
Volume:7
Issue:3
Pages:449-477
Language:English
Geographic term:Benin
Subject:political stability
Links:https://www.jstor.org/stable/4190033
http://search.proquest.com/pao/docview/1311645089
Abstract:The recent upheaval in Dahomey on 23-3-1972 underscored the continuation of deep-rooted systemic instability that had in twelve years of independence brought the country four constitutions, eight presidents and the Presidential Council, five successful military interventions, and a number of unsuccessful military coups and mutinies. The article presents a detailed case study of this political instability. Dahomey has experienced a slow decay of political institutions and the erosion of its public and political order. Sections: Regionalism, tribal cleavages, and political allegiances - The economic dimension - Dahomean musical chairs, 1960-65 - Military rule and disintegration - The Zinsou experiment - Back to origins - Postscript. Notes.
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