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Title:The inevitability of instability
Author:O'Connell, J.ISNI
Periodical:Journal of Modern African Studies
Geographic term:Africa
Subject:political stability
Abstract:Suggests that there is a certain inevitability about the political instability in contemporary independent African countries, and that the moral is that it has to be lived through and coped with. Points made: 1. The artificiality of the colonial independence settlements makes likely a power struggle to rectify imbalances in the politics of independence - 2. The economic problems that face new countries contain built-in frustrations that threaten governmental stability - 3. The quality of politicians who have just emerged from pre-technological traditions, and whose attitudes to power were formed in agitational politics, offers little hope for capable leadership in the work of governing. Notes.